For the third year in a row, the Classics a Day team has chosen women composers as March’s theme. And while some composers (living and dead) have received their due, there are thousands more to discover and rediscover.
I challenged myself this year to seek out women composers I had not featured in previous years. Here are my posts for the first week of #ClassicsaDay for #WomensHistoryMonth
Leopoldine Blahetka (1809-1887) – Variationen op.39 für Flöte und Klavier
Blahetka was a piano virtuoso, with a successful 20-year career touring Europe. Most of her compositions are chamber works, piano pieces, or lieder.
Sophie Menter (1846–1918) – Mazurka, Op. 6
She was considered one of the best piano virtuosos of the late 19th Century, and one of Franz Liszt’s favorite pupils. She specialized in performing Liszt’s “unplayable” music.
Marianna Bottini (1802-1858) – Concertone for Pianoforte
This harpist attended the Accademia Filarmonica in Bologna as an “honorary master composer.” Her catalog includes operas, oratorios, symphonies, and concertos.
Theodora Cormontan (1840–1922) – Allegro in G minor
Cormontan was not only a talented composer, but she was also the first woman to start a music publishing house in Norway. It specialized in Scandinavian women composers.
03/06/20 Helena Tulve (1972 – ) L’ombre derrière toi
Estonian composer Tulve composes in a style that includes Eastern traditions and Gregorian chant. This work is for three viola da gambas and modern string orchestra.