Best of 2018! BBC International Women’s Day Orchestral Concert

Best of 2018! BBC International Women’s Day Orchestral Concert

One of the most important events in music of 2018 was the BBC’s International Women’s Day broadcasts and live concerts.  Performances and recordings were aired based on special research aimed at bringing to light unknown music composed by women.  The highlight of the day was this concert by the BBC Concert Orchestra.  We wanted to make sure this event is recalled and acknowledged so we have asked the noted musicologist Dr. Deborah Hayes to review the concert. Dr. Deborah Hayes is a pioneering scholar in the work to recover neglected women composers.   She is professor emerita at the College of…

International Women's Day 2018

In the past few years the enthusiasm and programming surrounding March 8 has expanded in exciting ways.  No doubt due to the response to #MeToo, #TimesUp, and #NeverAgain movements, the plans for this year’s International Women’s Day have felt even more exciting.  The theme this year is #PressforProgress – and there is already plenty of momentum to challenge stereotypes and bias, forge positive visibility of women, and celebrate women’s achievements. Each year celebrations surrounding International Women’s Day get bigger and bigger – with demonstrations, special events, art installations, and concerts, with notable events occurring throughout the world. Increasingly orchestras are…

Beyond Mrs. Bach

The classical music world has been all a-tizzy in recent days about Martin Jarvis’ work linking Anna Magdalena Bach to J.S. Bach’s Cello Suites.  The story first made headlines in 2008, and again last week now that the theory is explored in a film. The responses to the very idea that Bach’s highly trained wife, who often copied Bach’s works and also helped direct the musical education of all of the Bach children, have been fascinating to observe.  From trolling commenters on news articles to lengthly responses from academics, it seems that it is nearly impossible to entertain the notion that Anna Magdalena could have had…