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 second week of #ClassicsaDay for #WomensHistoryMonth
Clara Mathilda Faisst (1872–1948) – Präludium im gotischen Stil op. 28
Faisst was a pianist who concertized throughout Europe. She wrote over 100 compositions, mostly for piano, either as a solo instrument or part of a chamber ensemble.
Grazyna Bacewicz (1909-1969) – Quartet for Four Violins
Bacewicz was the principal violinist of the Polish Radio Orchestra before WW II. After the war, she increasingly devoted her time to composition.
Miriam Hyde (1913–2005) – Happy Occasion Overture
Australian composer Miriam Hyde was also a published poet. Among her best-known works are her two piano concertos.
Polly Young, or Maria Barthélemon (1749–1799) – Sonata in E major for brass
English soprano Polly Young was also a keyboard virtuoso and composer. She and her husband, composer/violinist François-Hippolyte Barthélémon had a daughter Cecilia, who as also an opera singer and composer.
Nancy Dalberg (1881–1949) – Scherzo for string orchestra, Op. 6
Dalberg received lessons from Carl Neilsen. Although the first Danish woman to write a symphony, she’s best remembered for her string quartets.