Listen to This: Elsa Barraine

Listen to This: Elsa Barraine

Elsa Barraine (February 13, 1910 – March 20, 1999) was a French composer who worked in Paris just after the neoclassicist movement of Les Six, Ravel, and Stravinsky. Born into a musical family, she attended the Paris Conservatorie, and won the Prix de Rome in...
2023 New Recording Wrap Up

2023 New Recording Wrap Up

Even as we look forward to the concerts, projects, and music that lie ahead in the new year, let’s reaffirm New Year’s resolutions to listen to more works by women composers and have a look back at some of the best classical albums to come out of 2023. It’s time to...
Listen To This: Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté

Listen To This: Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté

Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté (1899-1974) was born on January 6. This marks the 50th year of her death. Born in Russia, Eckhardt-Gramatté lived across Europe before becoming a Canadian citizen later in her life. She was a composer as well as a virtuosic pianist and...
Morfydd Owen’s Life and Work

Morfydd Owen’s Life and Work

This week we are celebrating the life and music of Welsh composer Morfydd Owen, who was born October 1, 1891. A brilliant pianist, singer, and composer, Owen’s tremendous oeuvre of work has been underperformed since her tragic death in 1918, when she was only 26 years...
Celebrating Vivian Fine

Celebrating Vivian Fine

Today, Sept. 28, 2023, is the 110th birthday of Vivian Fine.  This blog was originally published on March 20, 2011, titled Remembering Vivian Fine. Sunday, March 20th (2011), marked the 11th anniversary of the death of Vivian Fine (1913-2000) and the loss of a truly...