Germaine Tailleferre: The Effects of Critics and Historians on her Reception

Distinguished Guest Blogger Timothy Diovanni joins us again with a sequel to his previous article about Germaine Tailleferre, Malicious Men: The Harmful Effects of Tailleferre’s Father and Husbands on her Life and Career.     Imagine yourself in Paris in late May of 1923. You stand in front of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, an ornate hall constructed ten years prior, in anticipation. Today’s performance includes the premiere of Le Marchand d’oiseaux, with music by Germaine Tailleferre, story, costume, and production by Hélène Perdriat, and choreography from Jean Börlin. The Eiffel Tower looms darkly to your left. You spot Darius Milhaud, here…

Featured Guest Blogger: Germaine Tailleferre’s Malicious Men

We are happy to welcome guest blogger Timothy Diovanni!  An undergraduate student in musicology at Columbia University, he is also a clarinetist. He writes extensively about New York City’s music scene as a columnist at The Columbia Lion and he has his own blog, howeyehearit.wordpress.com.  His fascinating essay on Germaine Tailleferre brings us rich insights by drawing from little-known sources including Tailleferre’s own memoir.  The quotes and pictures are from that memoir, collected and annotated by Frédéric Robert and published in the Revue internationale de musique francaise (1986) . Germaine Tailleferre’s Malicious Men: The Harmful Effects of Tailleferre’s Father and Husbands…

Monday Link Round Up: May 22, 2017

News to start your week!   The New York Times remembers the life and work of electronic composer Maryanne Amacher, who died in 2009.  Her studies with Stockhausen helped shape her unique approach and sound – and led her to fantastic collaborations, including with John Cage, but few authorized recordings of her works.  Read more here.   Composer Sarah Kirkland Snider has a great piece featured at NewMusicBox discussing the continued obstacles women composers face – including the gendered language used to describe works by women composers.  This is another important voice in the continued conversations – read on here.   WQXR, NYC’s…

Diverse Programming at the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra

More and more ensembles have been embracing the summer festival season in recent years, and using the opportunity to explore new approaches in performance venues and programming. The Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra is one of the most established summer ensembles, first established in 1987 to extend the classical music season into the summer months.  Though always committed to a diverse and engaging programming, the work of Artistic Director Warren Friesen in recent years is particularly commendable – which is why the LSCO is a recipient of a WPA Performance Grant. The 2016 season boasts four concerts, three of which include a…