News and music to start your week!
Music Specialist Susan Clermont, at the Library of Congress, wrote a post for the LOC blog “In the Muse” to celebrate the life and work of Barabara Strozzi, pictured above. The Baroque era composer and singer published over 7 books of compositions during her lifetime – but only 2 are extant today. Learn about her extraordinary life and career. And here is a new recording celebrating Strozzi’s music!
Galina Ustvolskaya, Soviet-era Russian composer, is remembered and profiled in the New York Times this past week. While her bracing music is far from “easy listening,” it is wonderful to see more attention being paid to her life and works! Read more at the New York Times. Shostakovich wrote to her, “It is not you who are under my influence, but I who am under yours” — a statement that should stimulate exploration of her varied and striking music.
NPR spoke to composer Hildur Guðnadóttir author of the score to the new film The Joker, which is receiving critical acclaim. Read more at the NPR website, and listen in below:
Jessye Norman was remembered throughout the world this week. Her sudden passing brought emotional responses and many memories. The Guardian created a list of Top 10 performances and spoke to other musicians about her life and achievements. Tom Huizenga offers a tribute to Norman at NPR – listen in below:
The application deadline for our 2019 WPA Performance Grants is fast approaching! Help spread the word about this opportunity to receive funding in support of performances of works by women composers. Learn everything you need to know here.
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