Piano Forum



Who's in Charge? - Masterclass in Conducting from the Piano
The list of renowned pianists who have also conducted is long; Barenboim, Schiff, Ushida, Pletnev, Kahane, Anda, Solti and Bernstein. Is conducting from the piano "real conducting”, and what training do you need to be able to do it? The new project ”Conducting from the Piano” by the Géza Anda Foundation in Zurich offers masterclasses and rehearsals with orchestra for pianists wanting to take on the double role of soloist and conductor. Read more >>

Topic: Female Composers???  (Read 1914 times)

Shagdac

  • Guest
Female Composers???
on: March 21, 2004, 01:40:12 PM
Are there really no female composers, or have I just not heard of them (or forgotten). Someone asked me earlier today, and I could not think of ANY! I know there just had to be some, can anyone help me out and name them, and what songs they are known for?


Thanks
Shag

Offline MzrtMusic

  • PS Silver Member
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 171
Re: Female Composers???
Reply #1 on: March 21, 2004, 02:51:29 PM
Clara Weick Schumann
Amy Beach
Cecile Chaminade
Fanny Mendelssohn
My heart is full of many things...there are moments when I feel that speech is nothing after all.
-- Ludwig Van Beethoven

Offline bernhard

  • PS Silver Member
  • Sr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 5078
Re: Female Composers???
Reply #2 on: March 21, 2004, 03:13:05 PM
There are over 6000 women composers on record (and many more unknown) :P. Have a look here for some of them:

https://www.kapralova.org/DATABASE.htm

https://home.earthlink.net/~kgann/women.html

https://www.geocities.com/Heartland/7282/women.html#lists


I particularly like Amy Beach (who wrote many fine piano pieces), Cecile Chaminade (who also wrote mainly  and beautifully for the piano), Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelsoohn (who apparently wrote some of the Songs without Words attributed to brother Felix), Dianne Rahbee, Pamela Wedgewood (who writes superior pedagogical music), Martha Mier (also for her superior pedagogical music) and Agatha Groendahl-Backer (slightly reminiscent of Grieg).

Best wishes,
Bernhard.
The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side. (Hunter Thompson)

Offline comme_le_vent

  • PS Silver Member
  • Sr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 792
Re: Female Composers???
Reply #3 on: March 21, 2004, 04:02:59 PM
by far my favourite piece by a woman is the 'valse phantastique' by edna bentz woods, played by hamelin on his kalaidoscope cd.
https://www.chopinmusic.net/sdc/

Great artists aim for perfection, while knowing that perfection itself is impossible, it is the driving force for them to be the best they can be - MC Hammer

Shagdac

  • Guest
Re: Female Composers???
Reply #4 on: March 22, 2004, 04:16:41 AM
Thanks guys! Now that you mention it, I have heard of Cecile Chaminade, thought I don't believe I have every played any of these pieces. I'm anxious to locate these and learn some of them. Thanks again :)


Shag

Offline Clare

  • PS Silver Member
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 236
Re: Female Composers???
Reply #5 on: March 22, 2004, 07:01:12 AM
Maria Theresia von Paradis was a composer from the early classical period. She was a gun at the piano and apparently she was blind.

https://www.ambache.co.uk/wParadis.htm

Also, Miriam Hyde, a well-known Australian composer.
For more information about this topic, click search below!
 

Logo light pianostreet.com - the website for classical pianists, piano teachers, students and piano music enthusiasts.

Subscribe for unlimited access

Sign up

Follow us

Piano Street Digicert