The Unsung Mendelssohn and Schumann
This series will feature female composers from the 12th through the 21st centuries. Beginning in the Middle Ages, we’ll learn about and listen to music from Europe and America that is not in the mainstream, yet has tremendous merit and appeal and deserves to be heard. Your guide is Lois Price, a library staff member and musician. The presentations combine spoken information as well as recordings of musical examples from each group of composers. All events will be held in the library Community Room.
Our second event is on Wednesday, April 3. Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann - the two most prominent women composers of the 19th century, were The Unsung Mendelssohn and Schumann. Although Fanny’s career was at first stifled, she managed to produce many fine works for which she was eventually given credit. Clara Schumann had the support of her father and husband, enabling her to achieve career success despite the bias of the times and strenuous family obligations.
Final event in this series:
- Wednesday, May 1, 1:15pm - 2:30pm - Modern Day Musiciennes: Amy Beach, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Florence Price, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Meredith Monk and Valerie Coleman