A View from Germany: Classical Music is so Sexist

Inge Kloepfer‘s striking article “So sexistisch ist die Klassik  — Classical Music is So Sexist” appeared on June 13, 2018 in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.  We wanted English-speaking readers to be able to read this important journalism, so we asked Elizabeth Osman to translate it for us, and then I polished her translation.  Thank you to Inge Kloepfer for permission.   (Liane Curtis)   “If enough castrati were available, women would not even have roles as singers: in the classical music establishment, the obstinate patterns of perceptions maintain that feminine can be merely the muse, while genius is only masculine.”   The…

News Round Up

Here are some headlines worth paying attention to: Though the LA Philharmonic didn’t promote Saariaho’s world premiere, it received an excellent review in the LA Times: The performance was strong. Dudamel remained constantly attuned to Saariaho’s vastly changeable instrumental colors, a cosmic sonic background for Finley, who handled each song with operatic intensity, part of a grand psychodrama of searching for meaning, for words that can obtain meaning through music but can also become emptied of meaning when sung. This is a profound, important work. The New York Times offered a profile of Susanna Malkki before her conducting debut at the New…

Join the Conversation: Women in the Berlin Philharmonic

The blog of Tony Woodcock, president of the New England Conservatory, has caused quite a stir as of late – at least around the members of the International Alliance for Women in Music. The article that’s causing such a stir, which may seem innocuous at first, touts the merits of the Berlin Philharmonic. Woodcock lauds the ensemble as being “The coolest band in the world” and writes extensively about the ensemble’s merits. What he completely neglects to mention is that the BPO has, by William Osborne’s calculations, the fourth lowest ratio of women musicians in the world. The women in…