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 to seek out women composers I had not featured in previous years. Here are my posts for the third week of #ClassicsaDay for #WomensHistoryMonth
María Teresa Prieto (1896–1982) – Symphony No. 1
Spanish composer Prieto emigrated to Mexico during the Spanish Civil War. She studied with Carlos Chavez, and later with Darius Milhaud.
Grace Williams (1906-1977) – Symphony No. 2
Williams is considered one of the greatest female composers from Wales. She was also the first British woman to write the soundtrack for a feature film.
Elisabetta de Gambarini (1731–1765) – Harpsichord Sonata No. 5 in C major
English composer Gambarini was a tremendous musical talent. She was a noted mezzo-soprano, pianist, harpsichordist, and organist (as well as composer).
Consuelo Díez (born 1958) – La flecha del tiempo
Diez studied in the U.S., receiving degrees from the Hartt School of Music, and Hartford Univesity. She returned to her native Spain, becoming one of its most important composers.
Malika Kishino (born 1971) – Concerto for Koto
Kishino was born in Japan and emigrated to France in 1995. She studied at IRCAM. Her music combines Western and Eastern traditions, as well as live and electronic music.