SAM Conference: Day 3

SAM Conference: Day 3

Our adventures at SAM in New Orleans continue with more fantastic papers, food, and camaraderie! On Saturday morning I attended a truly wonderful session focusing on the lives and music of Florence Price and Margaret Bonds, and considering new and intersectional ways to analyze and appreciate their respective bodies of work. Kori Hill presented on Florence Price’s Second Violin Concerto: Kate Pukinskis presented on Margaret Bond’s Three Dream Portraits: And Marquese Carter presented on Florence Price’s song “The Washer Woman”. Together this panel brought into conversation vital conversation on the intersectional nature of studying, analyzing, and appreciating the works of Black…

Monday Link Round Up: March 4, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: March 4, 2019

Celebrate Women’s History Month by remembering women composers! Our 2019 Women Composers Calendar is now ON SALE!  Grab your copy for just $13, including shipping.  Find it in our shop. Plan ahead for the Women Composers Festival of Hartford Festival!  Find the full schedule of events and get your tickets at the WCFH Website. Get a daily dose of #5womencomposers at the Music Theory Examples by Women Facebook page. (And music educators can enhance their curricula  with the amazing resources at the MTEW website. Catch up on podcasts by Listening to Ladies, where Elizabeth Blair has conversations with contemporary women…

Composers You Should Know: Margaret Bonds

Happy 103rd birthday to American pianist and composer Margaret Bonds! Born and raised in Chicago, Bonds showed an early aptitude for music and composition.  She pursued formal education in music, studying at Northwestern University and Juilliard.  She then sought composition lessons from Nadia Boulanger (who, reportedly, reviewed one of her works and felt that Bonds needed no further instruction and would not teach her). Bonds was actively involved in promoting the works of black classical composers, including being a member of the National Association of Negro Musicians, and forming the Margaret Bonds Chamber Society.  Her career is notable for her achievements as both…

Higdon World Premiere

  A new work by Jennifer Higdon will be premiered on Monday night (February 9) at Carnegie Hall.  Thomas Hampson will be featured in the song cycle for baritone and piano titled Civil Words.  It was commissioned by Carnegie Hall.  In Higdon’s own words:     “Civil Words” is a song cycle of text derived from the Civil War. They are, however, universal texts that are applicable to any conflict, and a reminder that the basic elements of war do not change with time. The cycle begins with a mother sending a child off to war and ends with a father’s discovery…