Monday Link Round Up: March 6, 2017

News to start your week! The Guardian has reviews of two new CDs of works by women.  The first are works for piano and orchestra, including the Amy Beach Concerto, Dorothy Howell’s D Minor Concerto, and Cécile Chaminade’s Konzertstück. Read the review here.  There is also a new recording by pianist Diane Ambache featuring the chamber works of Grażyna Bacewicz.  Learn more here. The Awl’s Fran Hoepfner writes about how reading a Brahms biography only made her obsessed with the life and work of Clara Schumann.  It’s a wonderful perspective of a music enthusiast falling in love with the music – and the tenacity…

Composers You Should Know: Dorothy Howell

Today is the 118th birthday of English composer and pianist Dorothy Howell. Howell’s formal music education was at the Royal Academy of Music. Her early success was marked by the premiere of her symphonic poem, Lamia, at the Proms under the baton of Sir Henry Wood in September, 1919. Wood would continue to champion her music throughout his lifetime, and even encouraged Howell to attending his conducting class, but Howell refused and instead became a teacher at the Royal Academy of Music. Often referred to as the “English Strauss”, she wrote extensively for orchestra.   Have a listen to her Piano…

Works by Women at the Proms

The 2010 Proms season is well under way in London, with only two weeks left before the final concert.  For those of us who are unable to make the trip across the pond, the BBC is broadcasting all of the concerts on Radio 3, and is also making the broadcasts available online for seven days after the original airing. This year the works of seven women composers will be heard throughout the Proms season. Past concerts include: On August 14th the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presented the world premiere of Bach Allegro by Alissa Firsova (b. 1986), a BBC commission.  Full…