#ClassicsaDay Celebrates Women Composers

If you’re on Twitter — and love classical music — you should know about the #ClassicsaDay hashtag. Every day classical music listeners (including yours truly) send out tweets with a link to a classical work and incorporating the hashtag.

A world of music

The #ClassicsaDay hashtag connects all the tweets that use it. So if you search for #ClassicsaDay on Twitter — or just click on the hashtag — you’ll see all the tweets (and all the included music) in one feed. And, because of the links, you’ll get to hear all the music, too.

In the past, the works share everything from medieval chant to the latest 21st Century compositions. For the month of March, though, participants have made women composers their theme.

A world of women composers

So what’s been tweeted this month with #ClassicsaDay? More than just Hildegard von Bingen, Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelsohn-Hensel, that’s for sure. For centuries women have been creating music. Below is a small sampling of what’s already been shared. Join the conversation to discover more — and share some yourself. Just remember to use the hashtag #ClassicsaDay when you tweet. Below is a very small sampling of the #ClassicsaDay feed, and doesn’t include any of the hundreds of contemporary women composers.

Have you heard the music of…

Vittoria Aleotti (c.1575–after 1620), whose sacred music was considered “too complex” because of her masterful counterpoint.

Maria Szymanowska (1789 – 1831), one of the first professional piano virtuosi of the 19th Century — of either gender.

Hélène-Gabrielle Fleury-Roy (1876 – 1957), the first woman to win the Prix de Rome.

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