MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

Trailblazing Women

Julia Wolfe

Giancarlo Guerrero conducts the Nashville Symphony this week in a program devoted entirely to American women composers, including the world premiere of a major new choral-orchestral commission from Julia Wolfe titled Her Story. My program notes for the concert are available here (link on lower right).

Filed under: commissions, Julia Wolfe, music news, women composers

Six Centuries of Keyboard Music by Women

Byron Schenkman & Friends present the following program of Six Centuries of Keyboard Music by Women (available in the video above):

Maddalena Casulana: Amor per qual cagion

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Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre: Gavotte in A Minor

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Anna Bon: Sonata in C Major, op. 2, no. 4

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Clara Schumann: Nocturne in F Major, op. 6, no. 2, for piano

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Teresa Carreño: Un rêve en mer, op. 28

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Margaret Bonds: Troubled Water

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Mari Elabel Valverde: “his eyes were in the stars”

Filed under: Byron Schenkman, music news, women composers

San Francisco Conservatory of Music Gets $46 Million Gift


Students in the Technology and Applied Composition program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Credit Sewon Barrera

My latest New York Times story is now online.

Thanks to MaryClare Brzytwa, David Stull, Emily Pitts, DuMarkus Davis.

Here are some sound samples from the TAC program:

Filed under: music news, New York Times, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, women composers

Women’ s Indelible Mark on Classical Music

saariahoMy December began with one of the most thrilling performance experiences in a very long time: the Met Opera premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s L’amour de loin. Another highlight this year was Julia Bullock’s performance in the revised version of Saariaho’s La Passion de Simone at the Ojai Festival.

In honor of Saariaho, here’s a piece I wrote this past spring about women in music:

It took until 1920 for the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to be ratified, guaranteeing female citizens the right to vote. But almost 100 years later, the status quo in classical music still needs a whole lot of shaking up if women are to have any chance of fair representation.

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Filed under: essay, Saariaho, women composers

The Other Mahler

Working on a piece on Alma Mahler’s songs. Nice playlist here:

Filed under: Alma Mahler, women composers

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