Original Manuscripts For Sale

Robert Owen Lehman is selling his collection of music manuscripts. The collection, which is valued at $135 million, is currently housed at The Morgan Library & Museum in NYC. Lehman hasn’t officially announced what he intends to do with the profits from the sale,...

An Introduction to Young Composers

NPR Music and Q2 (part of NYC’s WQXR) recently collaborated to question readers and listeners on their favorite composers under 40 years old. The open appeal was an invitation to a broad conversation on how to define what a composer looks like in the 21st century,...

Judith Tick and Ruth Crawford Seeger

When discussing the recent history of American music, it would be remiss to not mention the name Ruth Crawford Seeger.  Her contributions as an educator to budding composers, as well as her contemporary compositions and research in folk traditions, are hugely...

Remembering Vítězslava Kaprálová

I will finish the WPA tribute to historic female composers by remembering the life and music of Vítězslava Kaprálová (1915-1940). Though she lived a tragically short life, she made a dramatic impact as a composer and conductor. Czech by birth, Kaprálová studied at the...

Josephine Lang

Another example of being fortunate enough to be born into a musical family lies with Josephine Lang (1815-1880). Her father, Theodor, was a violinist and her mother, Regina Hitzelberger, was an opera singer. They supported their daughter in her musical ambitions,...
Julia Smith

Julia Smith

Born and raised in Texas, Julia Smith (1905-1989) achieved acclaim as a composer, pianist, and musicologist – but is is perhaps best remembered for composing the music for the University of North Texas alma mater. After graduating from UNT, Smith completed her...