For the third year in a row, the #ClassicsaDay theme for March is women composers. As I’ve done before, my post includes not just contemporary composers, but creative women from the Middle Ages on up.
Below are my posts for the fourth and final week of #WomensHistoryMonth
3/25 Wilhelmine of Prussia, Margravine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth (1709-1758) – Keyboard Concerto in G minor
Wilhelmine was the older sister of Frederick the Great. In addition to composing, she also played the harpsichord and studied lute with Sylvius Leopold Weiss.
3/26 Cacilda Campos Borges Barbosa (1914-2010) – Estudos Brasileiros No. 3
Brazilian composer Barbosa was a colleague of Heitor Villa-Lobos. She taught at the University of Brazil and was one of the first Brazilian composers of electronic music.
3/27 Marianne von Martinez (1744-1812) – Harpsichord Concerto in E Major
Martinez enjoyed a successful career as a singer, keyboardist, and composer. She often appeared on stage in Italy and Austria. Her works include
3/28 Elsa Barraine (1910-1999) – Symphony No. 2
French composer Barraine won the Prix de Rome in 1929. During WWII she served in the French Resistance. Barraine studied with Paul Dukas and wrote in an accessible neoclassical style.
3/29 Judith Lang Zaimont (1945 – ) – Elegy for Symphonic Strings
American composer Zaimont is a well-known pianist, educator, and composer. Although a champion of women composers, she does not like the term. She wrote, “I’d never thought of myself as any kind of adjective composer.”