Monday Link Round Up: May 27, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: May 27, 2019

News and music to start your week. As we pause on Memorial Day, here are some works by women composers appropriate for today’s reflection. Joan Tower’s Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman – a play off of Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man – is a brilliant work. Julia Perry’s Stabat Mater is a poignant work, helping us to consider the weight of the day and the sacrifices made. Lili Boulanger’s setting of Pie Jesu is not to be missed. Upcoming concerts! The Orchestra of the League of Composers performs Aurora by Thea Musgrave on June 1. The Bay Area Rainbow…

Miriam Gideon's "Fortunato" Premiered

Miriam Gideon's "Fortunato" Premiered

We were thrilled to hear the stream of Miriam Gideon’s 1958 chamber opera, Fortunato, last week. This was the world premiere of this work, which Gideon apparently wrote hoping that it would be performed by the NBC Opera Theatre.  She composed it in three acts, and orchestrated the first act.  While her hope was that it would be performed, there was no plan, so was a real labor of love, to write a major work with no expectation hearing it.  The story of how this premiere was brought about is worth discussing, but that will be one of the details…