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

03/02/20
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.

03/03/20
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.

03/04/20
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.

03/05/20
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.