Women composers of classical music : 369 biographies from by Mary F. McVicker

By Mary F. McVicker

From the 1500s in the course of the 1900s there have been a stunning variety of ladies composing classical tune. Many have been winning, discovering venues for either publishing and appearing their track; others came upon the social obstacles for girls most unlikely to beat. This ebook presents entry to those composers, either renowned and vague. prepared chronologically via period, every one part is split into international locations. for every lady composer inside a rustic, a quick biographical comic strip is equipped, in addition to an outline of her physique of labor. this article additionally contains an in depth opera timeline of works through lady composers

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Her aunt Cecilia, an outstanding soprano, was married to Thomas Arne. Thomas and Cecilia were close to Maria’s family, and at the age of six Maria traveled with them to Dublin, where she sang — perfectly — in Arne’s Eliza. For several years Maria stayed with Cecilia in Ireland, studying music and performing in Dublin. She soon became known for her ability to play the harpsichord She continued her singing career when she returned to London in 1762. In 1766 she married François Hippolyte Barthélemon, a violinist and composer, and they often performed together and toured.

He wanted to simplify church music, so he forbade the use of orchestras and elaborate instrumental pieces in church. He returned to the old rule that forbade women to “speak”— sing — in church. Marianne was commissioned by a Neopolitan poet to set several psalms to music. She also wrote Dixit Dominus, which was a large work for orchestra, for the Accademia Filarmonica in Bologna. Metastasio died in 1782, bequeathing his house and estate to the Martinez family. The home continued to be a center for musical gatherings and soirées and attracted distinguished musicians.

In 1771, she married Charles-Emmanuel de Charrière de Penthaz, her brothers’ former tutor. They settled at Le Pontet in Colombier (near Neuchâtel) in Switzerland, where they became known for their hospitality. They were generous hosts — in part to relieve the monotony. She often invited musicians to help her with her composing. Most of her compositions, which include keyboard works and an opera buffo, were published anonymously. Her works were never performed, and perhaps never finished. Only fragments remain.

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