News to start your week!


We were just made aware of Gramophone‘s contribution in honor of International Women’s Day.  They’ve compiled a list of historic female composers that are worth listening to and – perhaps most notably – have decent recordings available.  This highlights an important issue of the lack of representation of works by women composers not just in concert halls, but in recorded media as well.  Read on here.


Musicologist and conductor Laurie Stras writes about her discovery of 16th century motets in The Guardian.  Stras argues that these works, which are anonymously published, are the works of the youngest daughter of Lucrezia Borgia.  Read more about the discovery, and new recording, here.


The California Symphony has announced that Katherine Blach has won the position of Young American Composer in Residence.  Blach is currently pursing a DMA at Columbia.  Read more in the press release from the California Symphony website.


Alex Ross featured Missy Mazzoli string quartet Death Valley Junction on his blog – very much worth a visit and a listen!


What did we miss?  What are you reading?  Leave a link and a comment and let us know!