Martin Cooke Posted April 24, 2019 Share Posted April 24, 2019 I've seen some unsurprising expressions of disappointment and incredulity recently at the lack of inclusion of the works of women composers in such things as the Proms programme and in the Classic FM Hall of fame - in this latter example, I understand that just one of 300 works is by a woman. The excellent DoM of Pembroke College, Cambridge, is including a work by a woman in every service this term in chapel and it is going to take more of this sort of determination to bring about change. Where are we with women composers of organ music? I play music by Ethel Smyth - in fact, I have gone to the trouble of transcribing two of the Choral Preludes that in their published version uses tenor clef so that I can perform them. I also play some pieces by Rebecca Groom te Velde which OUP has published over the last ten years or so in various albums, and Rosalie Bonighton is always worth a look in the Kevin Mayhew volumes. Then I have a piece by Florence Durrell Clarke which I don't play. There is some fabulous music by Rachel Laurin which sounds too difficult for me, and I bought a new piece by Judith Weir last year which I didn't really take to, if I'm honest, but after that, I am struggling a bit. Could we try to submit names we know of female organ music composers even if we don't play them? And... could we all try to recommend and provide sources for pieces we do know and play so that they can become better known? I am happy to help pinpoint the pieces mentioned here in a bit more detail, but will have to leave my armchair to do so! Can we do this? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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