Like most things historical, women are underrepresented in the genre of classical music. In spite of the odds being against them, a few women wrote some exceptional classical music that survives to the present day. They deserve more exposure. So it feels like a good idea to do my bit to mitigate our cultural musical myopia.
Below is a female classical composer I have on my iPod right now, with song links for three songs.
Fanny Mendelssohn (Nov 14, 1805) was a pianist and composed of over 450 pieces of music.
She is part of an accomplished family; sister of composer Felix Mendelssohn, granddaughter of philosopher Moses Mendelssohn. married to painter Wilhelm Hensel, and grandmother of philosopher Paul Hensel and mathematician Kurt Hensel.