As is the case with all too many things historical, the talent of women composers is underrepresented in the genre of classical music. In spite of the odds being against them women wrote, and continue to write, exceptional classical music that can be enjoyed today. They deserve more exposure, so it feels like a good idea to do my bit to mitigate our cultural musical myopia.
Below are five female classical composers whose works I enjoy, with links to songs for each of them.
Julia Ward Howe (May 27, 1819 – October 17, 1910) was an all-round super woman, an author, poet abolitionist, social activist, and suffragist.
Anne Dudley (born May 7) was the first BBC Concert Orchestra‘s Composer in Association.
Debbie Wiseman (born May 10) composes for film and tv.
Judith Weir (born May 11) writes operas.
Maria Theresia von Paradis (May 15, 1759 – February 1, 1824) may have been Mozart’s inspiration for his Piano Concerto No. 18 in B flat major.