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Title: September, 2019: Female composers
Post by: sandalwood on September 02, 2019, 08:06:36 AM
From von Bingen to today, who are your favorite women composers?  Any favorite works by them you would like to recommend?

Here is a list of some 21st century female composers:

https://musicwell.wordpress.com/2016/02/19/women-composers-in-the-21st-century/

Do you know their music? Are you personally acquainted with any, whether listed or not?   We used to have one or two female members for a while, perhaps new ones will join in soon.
Title: Re: September, 2019: Female composers
Post by: RJB54 on September 02, 2019, 08:47:29 AM
I am afraid to say that I am only familiar with two from that list, Joan Tower and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. I probably have heard music of some of the others since the classical channel on SirusXM plays music by contemporary composers fairly often, particularly American composers.
Title: Re: September, 2019: Female composers
Post by: ttw on September 02, 2019, 08:11:51 PM
In a lighter vein, I always liked Doris Fisher,  Consuelo Velázquez, Dolly Parton, and Cindy Walker.
Title: Re: September, 2019: Female composers
Post by: Michel.R.E on September 02, 2019, 09:05:16 PM
my favourite female composer would be Rebecca Clarke.
Title: Re: September, 2019: Female composers
Post by: Jerry Engelbach on September 03, 2019, 11:09:02 AM
Another thoughtful monthly topic. Thanks, Reha.
 
I don't know many female composers.
 
One I do know is Maria Schneider (the composer, not to be confused with the actress of the same name), primarily in jazz.
 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Schneider_(musician)
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXlaXbI0Eqg


Cheers,
Jer
Title: Re: September, 2019: Female composers
Post by: Tónskáld on September 03, 2019, 01:04:59 PM
The only female composer I'm familiar with comes (unsurprisingly) from Iceland. Her name was Jórunn Viđar (she passed away in 2017 at the ripe old age of 98). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%B3runn_Vi%C3%B0ar

I especially enjoy her piano concerto, called "Slátta," but all of her works are quite charming and very Scandinavian. I think she's worth a listen!
Title: Re: September, 2019: Female composers
Post by: tbmartin on September 03, 2019, 01:43:18 PM
Alex Shapiro has written some great pieces for concert band.

https://www.alexshapiro.org/