Honoring Fathers

It can be hard to look past the stories of those composers who faced obstacles in their art at the hands of their own parents.  There are some famous stories – from Germaine Tailleferre, who changed her name to break ties with her father, and Ethel Smyth, who had to battle her dad to be able to study and work in music. However!  Father’s Day weekend is a great time to remember and be thankful for the fathers who supported their daughters, even when it went against social expectations or propriety.  Here are just a few of the many examples…

Remembering Barbara Strozzi

Baroque composer Barbara Strozzi (1619-1977) was born in Venice, the illegitimate child of a servant. She was adopted into the Strozzi family and received enthusiastic support from her adoptive family in her musical pursuits. Strozzi not only composed prolifically (regardless of gender, she was the most prolific composer of printed secular vocal music in Venice at this time), but she was also a performer. She was a student of Cavalli’s and her achievements were recognized and respected in her time. Though relatively little is known about her life, scholars agree that she was easily the most influential female composer of…