Monday Link Round Up: December 31, 2018

Monday Link Round Up: December 31, 2018

  Wrap up the year with news and music from Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy! If you haven’t already, be sure to grab your 2019 WPA Calendar – celebrating the lives and work of historic and contemporary women composers! NPR’s list of best classical albums of 2018 includes works by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Caroline Shaw, Gabriella Smith, Alma Mahler, and Grażyna  Bacewicz.  Listen to some works from NPR’s list below:   2018 will be remembered as the year of the #MeToo movement – the effects of which have been felt throughout society, including in the world of classical music.  Yet, the fallout faced…

Happy Birthday, Alma Mahler

Today is the 132nd birthday of Alma Mahler. Though she is often remembered as the wife of Gustav, her own career as a musician and composer is neglected.  Alma studied piano from an early age and took composition lessons with Josef Labor and Alexander von Zemlinsky.  When she married in 1902 Gustav required her to give up her own composing to focus on the home and future family. Her works were primarily lieder, though there is evidence of instrumental works as well as part of an opera.  Only 17 songs survive.  Most were published in her lifetime after the death…