Monday Link Round Up: September 7, 2015

Happy Labor Day, everyone!  As we pause to reflect on the history of American workers – let’s take some time to be grateful for women’s work in music in particular. In honor of again conducting the final night of the BBC Proms, Marin Alsop was interviewed by The Guardian – she talks about being the first (and second) woman to conduct the final night of the Proms, the “woman conductor” question, and how to move forward from here.  Read it for yourself. NPR covered a new finding related to Mildred Hill’s most famous tune – “Happy Birthday To You”. The Women…

Happy Birthday to Mildred Hill

  Happy Birthday to Mildred Hill, born June 27, 1859. Though her name isn’t familiar, Mildred Hill (1859-1916) composed what is arguably the most popular and recognizable melody sung today. A musicologist, educator, and songwriter, Hill, along with her sister, Patty, composed a simple melody for teachers to use when welcoming their students to the classroom titled “Good Morning to All.”  The lyrics were then changed to, “Happy Birthday to You” and the Hill Sister’s melody goes down in history – though, it is largely forgotten that the melody sung countless times each day throughout the United States, and the world, was…