#ClassicsaDay #WomensHistoryMonth Week 4 2022

The Classics a Day team chose Women’s History Month as the theme for March. Actually, it’s been the March theme for the past five years. And there are still many composers to explore.

As always, I try to shore works I haven’t posted before. And as always for this month, I’m posting works by composers I’ve just discovered (both past and present). Here are my #ClassicsaDay posts for the fourth week of #WomensHistoryMonth.

03/21/22 Ina Boyle (1889-1967) – The Magic Harp

Circumstances forced Boyle to remain home-bound for most of her life. Nevertheless, she composed every day and continually corresponded with conductors and orchestras for performances. This orchestral rhapsody is one of the few works published during her lifetime.

 

03/22/22/ Dora Pejacevic (1885-1923) – Symphony in F sharp minor, Op. 41

This work was the first modern symphony by a Croatian composer. Pejacevic is considered not just an important female composer in Croatia, but one ot the country’s most important composers, full stop.

 

08/23/22 Maddalena Casulana (c.1540–c.1590) – O notte o ciel o mar

Casulana holds the distinction of being the first female to have an entire book of her music published (in western classical music history). In fact, she published two collections of her music.

 

03/24/22 Julie Pinel (fl.1710-1737) – Printemps

Not much is known about this French composer and harpsichordist. She was part of the Pinel family of court musicians and published one collection of songs in 1737.

 

03/25/22 Tekla Badarzewska-Baranowska (1834–1861) – L’Espérance

This Polish composer studied at the Warsaw Institute of Music in 1875. She wrote 35 compositions, all of them for solo piano.

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