Monday Link Round Up: July 30, 2018

News and music to start your week! A fascinating article by composer Jenny Giering who compares her own experiences with visions she experienced with migraines and the visions described by Abbess Hildegard von Bingen as she received music and instruction.  It is featured in a series discussing disability in The New York Times. Irish composer Siobhán Cleary has brought to light the systematic and persistent discrimination that can be found in the music world.  The Irish Times just reported the Cleary has turned down a commission offered by two Irish Arts Council-funded organizations because she was offered 20% less than her…

Women Composers on WNPR

Tuesday’s broadcast of The Colin McEnroe Show, which broadcasts out of WNPR in Connecticut, featured a conversation with contemporary women composers.  The show, inspired by the upcoming documentary, “Written by Mrs. Bach”, was (woefully) titled “The Plight of the Composeress” and included conversations with Sally Beamish, Paula Matthusen, and Jenny Giering.  The show also features Heidi Harralson who is an expert in document forensics and contributed to the film, and Carolyn Kuan, Music Director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. They discuss not only the plausibility of Anna Magdalena in composing the Cello Suites, but also the historical and systemic problems…