News to start your week!
Amazing new call for new music from Donne in Musica. Women composers of all music backgrounds, ages, and nationalities are invited to submit compositions inspired by the struggle for human rights. The call was inspired by the 70th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Learn more here.
Jennifer Higdon’s new Harp Concerto received its world premiere by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra last week. Read a review of the concert here.
Julia Wolfe also had a premiere last week: Spinning, an hour-long work for three vocalizing, amplified cellists. Read a review of the work, which explores the work of women in textile factories, here.
Composer Molly Joyce writes at 21CM about normative bodies in music, and how a childhood accident challenged her musical self. Read on here.
The WQXR blog explored the ways in which instruments are stereotyped for particular genders – the history of why, and how it is changing.
We heard some excitement that a work by 18th century composer Maria Theresa von Paradis was performed at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Unfortunately the piece in question is falsely ascribed to von Paradis, as part of a fictionalizing practice by a few late-19th / early 20th century composers.