Monday Link Round Up: August 12, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: August 12, 2019

News and music to start your week! Many throughout the classical music community celebrated Cecile Chaminade’s birthday last Thursday!  WQXR in New York City republished a video of pianist Joanne Polk performing some of Chaminade’s works.  And here is Chaminade’s Concertstück for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 40, as performed by Rosario Marciano, piano, with the Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg. Also this week, WQXR’s Fran Hoepfner makes the case for Louise Farrenc in general, and her Third Symphony in particular.  I love her description of the work: Though I have much affection for all three of her symphonies, Farrenc’s Third is…

Monday Link Round Up: April 29, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: April 29, 2019

News and music to start your week! WQXR often posts listicles of note – this week they shared again their list of 12 Romantic Composers Not Named ‘Liszt’ or ‘Brahms’.  Included are: Louise Farrenc, Clara Schumann, Augusta Holmès, Teresa Carreño, Cecile Chaminade, and Dora Pejačević. Last week we shared our findings in the 2019-2020 concert season data we collected.  In a stroke of coincidental timing, conductor Jordan Randall Smith wrote about the value in programming works by women composers, and how there is no excuse not to. We’re delighted to hear that pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason (pictured above) will be recording an album…

Composers You Should Know: Louise Farrenc

Today (May 31) is the 213th birthday of composer, educator, and virtuosic pianist Louise Farrenc (1804-1875). A celebrated composer in her time, she was the student of Muzio Clementi and Anton Reicha.  She had tremendous support of her family, which led to an extensive touring career, an appointment of Professor of Piano at the Paris Conservatory (where she taught for an outstanding 30 years), and many publications in her lifetime.  Among her works are many pieces for piano, three symphonies, two overtures, and several celebrated pieces for chamber ensembles.  Her compositions were known during her lifetime, and received the praise of many critics…

Concerts of Old and New Music

We’re always thrilled to share announcements of coming concerts featuring works by women composers!  This week we are especially thrilled to see two ensembles who are embracing contemporary and historic composers in their performances. The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra will be performing at an Alumni Even in Chicago on January 21 and at the college on January 24.  Every work on the program was composed by a woman.  The pieces include Louise Farrenc’s Symphony No. 3, Karen LeFrak’s Ivan’s Song, and Nkeiru Okoye’s Songs of Harriet Tubman and Invitation to a Die-In.  We at WPA are thrilled to support this concert in part through a…