One spent her life in an obscure hilltop monastery in the German Rhineland, where she wrote music that lay mostly forgotten for 800 years.
Another, one of the great piano virtuosos of her day, raised eight children and focused on helping her husband build his reputation as a composer, at the expense of her own.
Yet another emerged from prison triumphant, ready to build a musical career brighter than before.
All achieved distinction as composers, yet in a world attuned mostly to the doings of men, their work was often overlooked.
But not in this hour . . . as eight women composers take center stage, each with a memorable story behind her life and music.
|Farranc: Symphonies 2 & 3||Solistes Européens, Luxembourg, Christoph Konig||Naxos 8.573706||747313370672|
|Smyth: Mass in D, March of the Women||Orchestra and Chorus of the Plymouth Music Series, Philip Brunelle||Virgin Classics VC 7 91188-2||075679118820|
|Overtures from the British Isles [for Overture The Boatswain’s Mate, by Ethel Smyth]||BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Rumon Gamba||Chandos CHAN 10898||095115189825|
|Hildegard Von Bingen: Ordo Virtutum||Ars Choralis Coeln, Maria Jonas||Raumklang RK 3701||40118767037012|
|Women Write Music [for The Petite Suite for Orchestra, by Germaine Tailleferre]||The Foundation Philharmonic Orchestra, David Snell||ATMA Classique ACD 22199||0722056219921|
|Beach: Gaelic Symphony / Piano Concerto||Alan Feinberg; Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Schermerhorn||Naxos 8.559139||636943913925|
|Clara [for Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor]||Ragna Schirmer; Staatskapelle Hall Orchestra, Ariane Matiakh||Berlin Classics 03009288C||885470009285|
|Hensel-Mendelssohn: String Quartets, track [for String Quartet in E flat Major]||Erato Quartett Basel||CPO 999 679-2||761203967926|
|Price: Symphony No. 1, Concerto in One Movement||Karen Walwyn; New Black Music Repertory Ensemble, Leslie B. Dunner||Albany Records TROY1295||034061129523