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“Feminine Fusion” is a new, weekly radio program that highlights the influence of women in classical music. These are the women throughout history and into the present day who create, perform, and inspire. Composer/announcer Diane Jones of WCNY-FM in Syracuse, NY is your host, and every week showcases some of these remarkable women.

Women are the central, unifying focus of this series. It is important to note, however, that their influence is broad-ranging, crossing the boundaries of culture, race, and gender. Who can truly know what might have happened to the likes of Aaron Copland, Donald Byrd, or Quincy Jones had they not studied with Nadia Boulanger?

“Had you asked me 10 years ago if I would have introduced a program focused on women in music, I would have said ‘no.’ Growing up in a houseful of brothers, I was always treated as their equal,” says Jones. “But there is still gender bias in the music world, and my hope is that, by highlighting women’s roles and influence, we will, as a society, begin to understand and overcome this bias.”

Some of the individuals highlighted in this program entered the world of the arts knowing they faced opposition, and gathered their strength to face it head on. Others simply took to their chosen path, often unaware of the impact their actions would have. In every case, however, they have touched hearts and souls with their art.

Jones leaves us with this thought: “I am anxious for the time when we no longer consider ‘composers’ as separate from ‘women composers,’ or ‘conductors’ from ‘women conductors.’ And I have hope – and a high degree of confidence – that this will happen within my lifetime.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feminine Fusion

Diane Jones
Diane Jones is the host of Feminine Fusion, the newest weekly program on WCNY-FM. An active composer, she has received commissions from nationally and internationally-recognized musicians and ensembles, as well as completing 5 residencies in Syracuse area schools, introducing young musicians to composition.  Diane performs regularly with Samba Laranja and the Central New York Flute Choir, and her music has been featured on two SAMMY-award winning CDs.  Follow Diane on Twitter (@ComposerJones) and Facebook (here or here) for more about her programming and her music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Air Date Program Title Description
January 1 A World United It’s the start of the new year, and I’ll be sharing music from women around the world
January 8 Words and Music Operas and Art Songs written by women
January 15 Songcatchers Women in the field of musicology.
January 22

 

Event-full Works composed by women to mark important events.
January 29 Women of Color: Performers Celebrating women who have overcome more than gender barriers in order to make music.

Show Archive

March 26, 2017: American Women

Composer Shulamit Ran

“I’ve always loved the experience of working together with other people toward an artistic goal.” – Trey Anastasio

This week, it’s a special live edition of Feminine Fusion. Join host Diane Jones as she brings you music from six talented American composers, including two Pulitzer Prize winners. This is also your opportunity to show your support of Classic FM and programs like this, by becoming a member. Stand up and be counted!

Shulamit Ran: For an Actor: Monolugue for Clarinet
Laura Flax, clarinet
“Music by Shulamit Ran”
Bridge 9052

Mary Mageau: An Early Autumn’s Dreaming
Polish Radio & TV Symphony Orchestra of Krakow; Szymon Kawalla conducting
“I Am An American Woman”
Vienna Modern Masters 3029

Rain Worthington: Tracing a Dream
Russian Philharmonic Orchestra; Ovidiu Marinescu conducting
“Dream Vapors”
Navona 6025

Judith Shatin: To Keep the Dark Away (selections)
Gayle Martin, piano
“To Keep the Dark Away”
Ravello 7937

Maria Newman: String Quartet No. 2: Lauds (selections)
Malibu Coast String Quartet
“Maria Newman: Music for String Quartet Book I”
Arts House 1205208

Jennifer Higdon: Blue Cathedral
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Robert Spano conducting
“Rainbow Body”
Telarc 80596

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


March 19, 2017: Looking Back

UnknownWoman

“I was born out of classical music.” – Mika

 

The idea of women making strides in a male-dominated role is not new. On this episode, I’ll introduce you to some talented women from the Renaissance and Baroque eras who succeeded in getting their music heard – even if you never knew their names. You’ll hear the music of Renaissance composer Maddalena Casulana, the first woman to have her music printed and published, and “Mrs. Philarmonica,” an English Baroque composer whose name is still a mystery.

 

“Looking Back”

Maddalena Casulana: Second Book of Mardrigals for Four Voices
Anna Mengel, soprano; Lena Kutzner, mezzo-soprano; Madchenchor Hanover, cond. Gudrun Schrofel
“verklingend und ewig”
Rondeau Production

Lucrezia Orsina Vizzana: Componimenti musicali de motetti concertati (selections)
Musica Secreta
“Lucrezia Vizzana: Songs of Ecstasy & Devotion”
Linn

Lady Mary Dering: When first I saw fair Dorris’ eyes
Andrea Folan, soprano; Elizabethan Conversation
“The Medieval Lady”
Leonarda Productions

Bianca Maria MJeda: Cari Musici
The Ars Femina Ensemble
“Non Tacete!”
Nannerl Recordings

Mrs Philarmonica: Sonata Quarta for violins & continuo
The Ars Femina Ensemble
“Non Tacete!”
Nannerl Recordings

Run time: 58:30

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


March 12, 2017: Voices Raised

The Benedictine Nuns of Notre Dame

The Benedictine Nuns of Notre Dame

“The evening sings in a voice of amber, the dawn is surely coming.” – Al Stewart

There is something special about women’s voices coming together and creating music. Whether it is a group of women circled around singing simple melodies, or a professional choir performing complex rhythms and harmonies, their combined voices and spirits turn into something nearly magical. On this episode of Feminine Fusion, we’ll hear from women’s choruses around the world.

“Voices Raised”

Traditional: Invitatory Surrexit Dominus
Benedictine Nuns of Notre Dame
“Voices: Chant from Avignon”
Decca Records

Liisa Matevinen: Lemmen Nosto (Evoking Love)
Philomela Female Choir
“Mieli”
Alba

Tella Turkka: Minne kauneus katosi (Where did the beauty disappear?)

Philomela Female Choir
“Mieli”
Alba

Peteris Vasks: The Tomtit’s Message
Dzintars: The Latvian Women’s Choir
“Songs of Amber”
Rykodisc

Traditional: The Little Cuckoo Bird
Vesnivka Choir
“Vesnivka Choir”
Vesnivka.com

Marijan Lipovsek: Kresnice
Carmina Slovenica
“Citira”
Catapult

(uncredited) Blackbird
Carmina Slovenica
“Citira”
Catapult

Katharine Blake: Undrentide
Mediaeval Baebes
“Undrentide”
BMG

Pete Sutherland: Fiddler’s Hymn
Anna Crusis Women’s Choir
“…but we fight for roses too”
Anna Crusis Women’s Choir

Charlie Murphy: Burning Times
Anna Crusis Women’s Choir
“…but we fight for roses too”
Anna Crusis Women’s Choir

Run time: 58:47

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


March 05, 2017: At the Keyboard


Maria João Pires

“Everybody told me this ‘girl on the piano thing’ was never going to work.” – Tori Amos

The piano was almost a requisite addition to any home during the Romantic era, and it was expected that the young women of the household have some real proficiency at the keyboard. On the next Feminine Fusion, we’ll hear performances from some of the best pianists in the world today, with works familiar and new.

“At the Keyboard”

Enrique Granados: Bocetos
Alicia de Laroccha, piano
“Granados”
RCA 63368

Franz Schubert: Impromptu No. 1, Op. 142
Maria João Pires
“Le Voyage Magnifique”
Deutsche Grammophon 457550

Isaac Albeniz: Almeria, from Iberia, Book 2

Hélène Grimaud, piano
“Water”
Deutsche Grammophon

Wolfgang Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21, “Elvira Madigan”
Mitsuko Uchida, piano
English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate – conductor
“Mozart: Piano Concertos”
Philips 4757306

David Del Tredici: Ode to Music
Beth Levin, piano
“Bright Circle”
Navona 6074

JS Bach: Two-part Invention No. 4 in d minor, BWV 775
Simone Dinnerstein, piano
“Bach: Inventions and Sinfonias, BWV 772-801”
Sony 795972

Run time: 58:55

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


February 26, 2017: Patchwork Quilt II

PatchworkII

“Much like a patchwork quilt, inspiration that stirs and motivates me is made of many things.”  – Robert Reynolds

 

Every now and then it’s fun to put together a program of random works.  Over the last couple of weeks I’ve received a number of wonderful CDs, and now is a great opportunity to share some of them with you.  Solos, chamber works, and even a recording from a 1940 concert at the Library of Congress – all part of the next Feminine Fusion.

 

“Patchwork Quilt II”

 

Ruth Lomon: Shadowing
Eileen Hutchins, piano; Katherine Winterstein, violin; Scott Woolweaver, viola; Patrick Owens, cello
“Shadowing”
Navona 6080

Francesco di Fiore:  Miniature (2011)
Erika Tazawa
“Rhythm of Silence”
Belarca 005

Franz Schubert:  Ave Maria
Dorothy Maynor, soprano; Arpad Sandor, piano
“Great Performances from the Library of Congress, Vol. 24”
Bridge 9233

Belinda Reynolds:  Share
Tara Helen O’Connor, alto flute; Margaret Kampmeier, piano
“The Way Things Go”
Bridge 9467

Jennifer Higdon:  An Exaltation of Larks
The Lark Quartet
“An Exaltation of Larks”
Bridge 9379

Ursula Mamlok:  Molto Vivo
Holger Groschopp, piano
“Ursula Mamlok, Volume 5”
Bridge 9457

 

Run time:  58:45

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


February 19, 2017: Marching to a Different Drum

Percussionist Evelyn Glennie

Percussionist Evelyn Glennie

“Speak softly, and carry a big stick.”  – Theodore Roosevelt

 

This episode of Feminine Fusion features women who carry sticks . . . and mallets . . . and beaters!  These are the women making their marks as percussionists.  In some cultures, women are still forbidden to play drums.  Even in societies where there is no stigma, percussion is still often viewed as a male-oriented field.  These women prove the only thing that matters is talent and skill.

 

“Marching to a Different Drum”

 

Daniela Mercury:  Bale Popular
Daniela Mercury
“Bale Mulato”
EMI

Astor Piazzolla:  Tango Suite
Nancy Zeltsman, marimba
“Woodcuts”
GM Records 2043

Ney Rousauro:  Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra
Evelyn Glennie, marimba
Scottish Chamber Orchestra; Paul Daniel, conductor
“Rebounds”
RCA 61277

Akira Nishimura:  Kala
Keiko Abe, marimba
Kroumata
“Japanese Percussion”
BIS 462

Michael Aukofer:  Neophilia
Caixa Trio
Steve Houghton, drumset
“Commissioned Works”
CD Baby

 

Run time:  58:30

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


February 12, 2017: Composing America

The Lark Quartet

The Lark Quartet

“Do not worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.”  – Abraham Lincoln

 

Sunday marks the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.  On this episode of Feminine Fusion, music from American composers marks that occasion.  We’ll hear the Lark Quartet with one of only two string quartets written by Aaron Copland; Katharine Hepburn narrates Copland’s “A Lincoln Portrait;” and Marin Alsop conducts “Gettysburg,” the Symphony No. 6 of Roy Harris.  Be sure to tune in!

 

“Composing America”

 

Aaron Copland:  Two Pieces for String Quartet
The Lark Quartet
“Composing America”
Bridge 9423

Aaron Copland:  A Lincoln Portrait
Katharine Hepburn, narrator
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra; Erich Kunzel, conductor
“Aaron Copland”
Telarc 80117

Roy Harris:  Symphony No. 6, “Gettysburg”
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Marin Alsop, conducting
“Roy Harris: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6”
Naxos 559609

 

Run time:  58:30

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


February 5, 2017: Looking East

Sheng

The sheng, a Chinese mouth-blown “organ” of sorts, originated over 3,000 years ago.

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.”  – Confucius, Book of Rites

 

On this episode, we look East, to the women of Asia who are making news in the classical music world.  You’ll hear about Zheng Xiaoying, China’s first female conductor, Tran Kim Ngoc, a Vietnamese composer and performer, South Korean composer Unsuk Chin, and a name you probably already know – violinist Midori.  You’ll hear music that is familiar, as well as a blend of music from East and West.  Be sure to tune in to this week’s edition of Feminine Fusion!

 

“Looking East”

 

Huang Anlun:  Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 25b, Mvt. II
Joseph Banowetz, piano
China National Opera House Symphony Orchestra; Zheng Xiaoying, cond.
“Piano Concerto in G Minor”
Marco Polo 225830

Unsuk Chin:  Su, for sheng and orchestra
Wu Wei, sheng
Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra; Myung-Whun Chung, cond.
“Unsuk Chin: 3 Concertos”
Deutsche Grammophon 4810971

Beethoven:  Violin Sonata No. 8, Op. 30, No. 3
Midori, violin; Robert McDonald, piano
“Midori Live at Carnegie Hall”
Sony Classical 46742

 

If you’d like to listen to some of Tran Kim Ngoc‘s music, there are streaming audio and video samples available on her website: kimngoc.weebly.com

Run time:  58:46

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


January 29, 2017: Women of Color (Performers)

Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson

“While it’s great when glass ceilings are broken, when it comes down to it, it’s going to be about us and the music we make, and the kind of integrity we have as players.”  – Astrid Schween

 

Women continue to make inroads into the world of classical music.  Yet women of color still make up a small percentage of working classical musicians.  Today you’ll meet six women who have either made a significant impact, or are poised to do so.  From Marian Anderson’s historic concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, to the first woman and African American to join the 70-year old Juillard String Quartet, you’ll hear wonderful music from these remarkable women.

 

“Women of Color – Perfomers”

 

Traditional:  America
Marian Anderson, contralto; Kosti Vehanen, piano
“Marian Anderson: Let Freedom Ring!”
JSP Records 683

Franz Schubert:  Ave Maria
Marian Anderson, contralto; Kosti Vehanen, piano
“Marian Anderson: Let Freedom Ring!”
JSP Records 683

Giacomo Puccini:  Vissi d’arte (from Tosca)
Leontyne Price, soprano: Members of New York’s Leading Orchestra, James Levine conducting
Deutsche Gramaphon 427386

Johannes Brahms:  Geistliches Wiegenlied
Jessye Norman, soprano; Sir Daniel Barenboim, piano; Wolfram Christ, viola
Philips 432731

Jessie Montgomery: Rhapsody No. 1 for Solo Violin
Jessie Montgomery, violin
“Strum”
Azica Records

Gordon Green:  Rhapsody for Cello and Electronics (excerpts)
Astrid Schween, cello; Gordon Green, electronics
“Rhapsody”
JRI Recordings J142

Shulamit Ran:  Mirage
Mid-Atlantic Chamber Players (Adrienne Harding, flutes; Christopher Nichols, clarinet; Eliezer Gutman, violin; Susan Lerner, cello; Julie Nishimura, piano)
Live Performance – used with permission

 

 

Run time:  58:41

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


January 22, 2017: Event-full

Jennifer Higdon

Jennifer Higdon

“Where words fail, music speaks” – Hans Christian Andersen

 

What does an orchestra do when it wants to commemorate a milestone?  They commission a new work, of course!  On this episode, two works, commissioned by two of the top orchestras in the United States, from two renowned female composers.

 

“Event-full”

 

Kaija Saariaho:  Oltra Mar, 7 Preludes for the New Millenium
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Tapiola Chamber Choir; Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor
“Cenq reflets de L’amour de loin; Nymphea Reflection; Oltra mar”
Ondine 10492

Jennifer Higdon:  Concerto for Orchestra
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Robert Spano, conductor
“City Scape/Concerto for Orchestra”
Telarc 80620

 

 

Run time:  58:44

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


January 15, 2017: Songcatchers

Carol J. Oja William Powell Mason Professor of Music; Chair of the Department of Historical Musicology

Carol J. Oja
William Powell Mason Professor of Music;
Chair of the Department of Historical Musicology

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey

 

Musicology – the study of music.  A simple definition for a vast subject.  Whether approaching it as performance practice, cultural musicology, or any other of a myriad of avenues, the four women we’ll meet in this episode are definitely making their mark.

 

“Songcatchers”

 

Josquin des Pres:  Ave Maria, gratia plena
The Hilliard Ensemble
“Codex Specialnik”
ECM New Series 1504

Byttering:  En Katerine solennia
Pomerium; Alexander Blachly, conductor
“Musical Book of Hours”
DG Archiv 4575862

Ludwig van Beethoven:  Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Opus 125 (Mvt. I)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Leonard Bernstein, conductor
“Beethoven: Symphony No. 9”
D. Grammophon 423481

Irving Berlin:  Steppin’ Out With My Baby (arr. by Jay Krush)
Chestnut Brass Company
“Distant Dancing”
Chestnut Brass Records

Cole Porter:  Begin the Beguine (arr. by Billy May)
Boston Pops Orchestra; John Williams, conductor
“Pops Stoppers”
Phillips 446520

Leonard Bernstein:  On The Town: Three Dance Episodes
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; Leonard Bernstein, conductor
“Bernstein’s America”
D. Grammophon 463465

Colin McPhee:  Balinese Ceremonial Music
Stephen Drury & Yukiko Takagi, pianos
“With All My Soul”
The Orchard

Pauline Viardot-Garcia:  Die Beschworung (Incantation)
Eileen Strempel, soprano; Sylvia Beaudette, piano
MusicMasters 67159

 

Run time:  58:37

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


January 8, 2017: Words and Music

Pauline Viardot-Garcia

Pauline Viardot-Garcia

“Music is a way “Music is a way to dream together and go to another dimension.” – Cecilia Bartoli

 

It takes a particular skill to marry words and music. This episode of Feminine Fusion highlights five women, composing opera and art songs, spanning the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Fairy tales, historical figures, and love from afar – all on the next Feminine Fusion.

 

“Words and Music”

 

Pauline Viardot-Garcia:  Excerpts from “Cendrillon”
Sandrine Piau, soprano (Cendrillon); Elizabeth Vidal, mezzo-soprano (Fairy Godmother);
Geoffrey Mitchell Choir; Nicholas Kok, conductor and pianist
“Il Salotto, Vol. 3:  Cendrillon”
Opera Rara

Thea Musgrave:  Excerpts from “Mary, Queen of Scots”
Ashley Putnam, soprano (Mary);
Virginia Opera Association; Peter Mark, conductor
“Mary, Queen of Scots”
Novello Records

Kaija Saariaho:  Excerpts from “L’amour de Loin”
Berlin Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano, conductor
“L’amour de Loin”
Harmonia Mundi

Vitezslava Kapralova:  Navzdy
Daniel Weeks, tenor; Naomi Oliphant, piano
“Women of Firsts”
Centaur Records

Amy Cheney Beach:  Villanelle
Patrick Mason, baritone; Joanne Polk, piano
“Songs of Amy Beach”
Bridge Recordings

Amy Cheney Beach:  I Shall Be Brave
Patrick Mason, baritone; Joanne Polk, piano
“Songs of Amy Beach”
Bridge Recordings

Pauline Viardot-Garcia:  Auf Grusien’s Hugeln (Of Grusein’s Hills)
Eileen Strempel, soprano; Sylvia Beaudette, piano
“With All My Soul”
The Orchard

Pauline Viardot-Garcia:  Die Beschworung (Incantation)
Eileen Strempel, soprano; Sylvia Beaudette, piano
“With All My Soul”
The Orchard

 

Run time:  58:31

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


January 1, 2017: A World United

flags

 

“Music is that universal language which unifies the spirits of mankind.”  – Paul Horn

 

Every time technology advances, it brings us closer to becoming a truly global community.  The internet allows us to connect with individuals and cultures around the world, and learn about customs, languages … and music.  This episode of Feminine Fusion travels to four countries to hear works composed or performed by some marvelously talented women.

 

“A World United”

Elfrida Andree:  Romance
Karin Hendel, violin; Ewa Warykiewicz, piano
“Violin Sonatas by Women Composers”
Zuk Records 324

Sadie Harrison:  The Light Garden
The Tate Ensemble
“The Light Garden Trilogy”
Metier 92084

Clare Loveday:  Eight Plus One
Ensemble Reconsil
“Exploring the World”
Orlando Records 28062

Francisco Mignone:  Fantasias Brasileiras Nos. 1 & 2
Alexandra Mascolo-David, piano
Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Raymond Harvey, cond.
“Fantasias Brasileiras”
White Pine Music 223

 

Run time:  58:45

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


December 25, 2016: Christmas Special

Les Sirenes Female Chamber Choir

Les Sirenes Female Chamber Choir

“Words mean more than what is set down on paper.  It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning”  – Maya Angelou

 

 

 

On this holiday edition of Feminine Fusion, music from four all-female vocal ensembles.  From Medieval music to modern works, from Scotland to Vermont to San Francisco, we span the centuries and the globe with music of the Christmas season.

 

“Christmas Special”

Benjamin Britten:  Ceremony of Carols
Les Sirenes, Andrew Nunn, director
Pippa Tunnell, harp
“There Is No Rose”
Nimbus Alliance

Anonymous:  Ave Maria
Anonymous 4
“On Yoolis Night”
Harmonia Mundi

Larysa Kuzmenko:  Gloria
Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont
“Tapestry of Song”
CD Baby

Conrad Susa:  Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest
Musae
Allen Biggs, marimba & vibraphone; Paul Binkley, guitar; Anna Maria Mendieta, harp
“Alegria y Placer: A Musae Christmas”
CD Baby

 

Run time:  58:43

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


December 18, 2016: Up and Comers

Composer Anna Clyne

Composer Anna Clyne

“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.”  Emile Zola

 

 

On this episode of Feminine Fusion, four talented composers whose names you may not know – yet.  Hear music by Lera Auerbach, Charlotte Bray, Dobrinka Tabakova, and Anna Clyne, four women who are certainly making their mark in the contemporary classical music world.

 

“Up and Comers”

Lera Auerbach:  Fragile Solitudes
Pro Musica
“Triumvirate”
Summit

Charlotte Bray:  Passing Shadows
Antonis Hatzinikolaou, guitar
“Music of Memory: Seven British Composers write for the guitar”
NMC Recordings

Dobrinka Tabakova:  Concerto for Cello and Strings
Kristina Blaumane, cello
Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Maxim Rysanov, cond.
“String Paths”
ECM Records

Anna Clyne:  October Rose
Cornelius Dufallo, violin
“The Violin”
Via Records

 

Run time: 58:45

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


December 11, 2016: A Few Of Us

The Cassatt Quartet

The Cassatt Quartet

 

“Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.” – Pablo Casals

 

There is something special about chamber music.  The performers are intricately connected, and they brings a soulfulness and intimacy to the music that is unique.  This week on Feminine Fusion, we feature performances from all-female chamber ensembles.

 

“A Few Of Us”

Julia Wolfe:  Four Marys
The Cassatt Quartet
“Cassatt”
CRI 671

Anonymous:  Nowell: Owt of your slepe aryse
Anonymous 4
“On Yoolis Night”
Harmonia Mundi 907099

Vincent Persichetti:  Pastorale
Sapphire Woodwind Quintet
Live Concert, 2001 Dame Myra Hess Concert Series

Gyorgy Ligeti:  Bagatelle #1 from Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet
Arabesque Winds
“Mosaic”

Antonin Dvorak:  Piano Trio No. 4 in d minor, Op. 90
Trio 180
“Trio 180”
North Pacific Music 039

 

Run time:  58:20

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


December 4, 2016: Screen Queens

Rachel Portman 1996 Oscar, Best Original Score

Rachel Portman
1996 Oscar, Best Original Score

“You have to remain flexible, and you must be your own critic at all times.”  – Hans Zimmer

 

The film industry has been – and, for the most part, continues to be – dominated by men.  But women are definitely making inroads, and on this episode of Feminine Fusion, we’ll hear music from some of the women composing scores for both film and television.  You may not know their names – yet – but you’ll know their music!

 

“Screen Queens”

Rachel Portman:  Selections from “The Cider House Rules”
Studio Orchestra
“The Cider House Rules: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”
Sony Classical

Debbie Wiseman:  Tom and Viv
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
“Something Here – The Film & Television Music of Debbie Wiseman”
Silva

Debbie Wiseman:  Wilde
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
“Something Here – The Film & Television Music of Debbie Wiseman”
Silva

Debbie Wiseman:  Wild West
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
“Something Here – The Film & Television Music of Debbie Wiseman”
Silva

Deborah Lurie:  Canoeing; Kiss Goodnight; Alex and Katie
Studio Orchestra
“Safe Haven: Original Motion Picture Score

Lisa Gerrard:  The Wheat; Now We Are Free
The Lyndhurst Orchestra, Gavin Greenaway, cond.
“Music from the Motion Picture Gladiator”
Decca

Wendy Carlos:  Creation of Tron; Tron Scherzo; Miracle and Magician; Theme from Tron; Ending Titles
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Wendy Carlos
“Tron: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”
CBS

Vivian Kubrick (as Abigail Mead):  Full Metal Jacket; Parris Island
Studio Orchestra
“Full Metal Jacket: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”
Warner Bros.

 

Run time:  58:37

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


November 27, 2016: Dedicated To

Johann Sebastian Bach & his second wife, Anna Magdalena Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach & his second wife, Anna Magdalena Bach

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing.  It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”  – Voltaire

 

One doesn’t need to be a musician to be inspirational.  On this episode of Feminine Fusion, we hear from composers who looked to the women in their lives for inspiration, and dedicated works to them.  It’s music from Bach and Beethoven, to Locklair and Beeler.

 

“Dedicated To”

Johann Sebastian Bach:  Keyboard Partita in a minor, BWV 827
Glenn Gould, piano
“The Glenn Gould Edition – Bach: Partitas, Preludes & Fugues”
Sony 42402

Dan Locklair:  The Breakers Pound
Elaine Funaro, harpsichord
“Into the Millennium”
Gasparo GSCD-331

Ludwig van Beethoven:  Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101
Luisa Guembes-Buchanan, piano
“Late Beethoven: Commentary and Peformance”
DelAguila 55306

Alan Beeler:  The Sutton Songs (selected)
Aliana de la Guardia, soprano; Karolina Rojahn, piano
“The Vocal Music of Alan Beeler”
Navona Records 6049

 

Run time:  58:46

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


November 20, 2016: Rule Brittania

Conductor Sian Edwards

Conductor Sian Edwards

 

“Music has healing power.  It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours.”  – Elton John.

 

On this episode of Feminine Fusion, we cross the pond to visit the United Kingdom to hear from some of the talented women in the British classical music world.  Whether they compose, perform, or conduct, each of them has roots that run deep into the soil of the British Isles.

 

“Rule Brittania”

 

Rebecca Clarke:  Dumka for Violin, Viola & Piano
Jay Zhong, violin; Kenneth Martinson, viola; Andrea Molina, piano
“Rebecca Clarke: String Chamber Music”
Centaur CRC2847

Jennifer Margaret Barker:  Na Tri Peathraichen
Laura Baefsky, flute; Jennifer Margaret Barker, piano
“Geenyoch”
Meyer Media MMV01001

John Adams:  Chamber Symphony
Ensemble Modern, Sian Edwards, conductor
“Music of John Adams”
RCA 68674

Anna Meredith:  Blackfriars
Oliver Coates, cello; Anna Meredith, electronics
“Varmints”
Moshi Moshi Music

Robert Schumann:  Symphonic Etude No. 12, Op. 13
Dame Myra Hess, piano
“Myra Hess: Great Pianists of the 20th Century, Vol. 45”
Phillips 456832

 

Run time:  58:45

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


November 13, 2016: Women Of Old

Hildegard of Bingen

Hildegard of Bingen

 

 

“The songs of our ancestors are also the songs of our children” – Philip Carr-Gomm

 

 

It is the women of the past who laid the foundations upon which we build today.  On this episode of Feminine Fusion, we’ll look at women like Hildegard von Bingen, Francesca Caccini, and Barbara Strozzi, who laid the groundwork for today’s composers and performers to succeed.  Some works are pious, some secular – you’ll hear a wide range on this week’s episode.

 

“Women Of Old”

Sappho:  The Bridal Day
Petros Tabouris, Aulites Ensemble
“Secular Music of Greek Antiquity, Vol. 1”
FM Records

Hildegard of Bingen:  O, Ecclesia
Anonymous 4
“11,000 Virgins”
Harmonia Mundi 907200

Blanche of Castile:  Amours, u trop tart me sui pris
Andrea Folan – soprano; Elizabethan Conversation
“The Medieval Lady”
Leonarda 340

Maroie de Dregnau de Lille: Mout m’abelist quant je voi revenir
Andrea Folan – soprano; Elizabethan Conversation
“The Medieval Lady”
Leonarda 340

Francesca Caccini:  Dov’ io credea, from La liberazione di Ruggiero
Ingrid Matthews, violin; Byron Schenkman, harpsichord
“Canzoni da Sonar: Early Italian Violin Music on Vocal Models”
Centaur 2529

Barbara Strozzi:  Lagrime Mie
Romina Basso – soprano; Latinitas Nostra
“Lamento”
Naive 5390

Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre:  Cantata No. 4, “Jonas”
Judith Nelson – soprano
Bay Area Women’s Philharmonic; JoAnn Falletta, cond.
“Baroquen Treasures”
Newport 60102

 

Run time:  58:32

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


November 6, 2016: All Of Us Together

Camerata Romeu, with conductor & founder, Zenaida Romeu

Camerata Romeu, with conductor & founder, Zenaida Romeu

 

“I will never accept defeat.  I will continue to play music. I do not feel safe, but when people see me and say, ‘That is Negin Khpalwak’, that gives me energy.”  – Negin Khpalwak

 

 

Zenaida Romeu founded Camerata Romeu 23 years ago, with the desire to show the parity between men and women in her native Cuba.  She believes that women and men approach music differently.  With women, she says, “it’s more angelic, more comfortable.”  The ensemble hasn’t visited the United States in more than 15 years, but their hope is to return again soon.

Halfway across the globe, 19-year-old Negin Khpalwak approached her school administrators with a request to form an orchestra.  In a culture where most music is frowned upon, she and the members of her orchestra very literally take their lives into their own hands at each performance.

Yet both of these ensembles share a common goal – to highlight the music and instruments of their respective cultural heritage, alongside familiar Western classical works.  Host Diane Jones will share their stories and music with you on this episode of Feminine Fusion.

 

“All Of Us Together”

Calixto Alvarez: Pregoneros and Invitacion al son
Jorge L. Martin:  Medico de Pianos
Eduardo Gamboa:  Canambu
Oscar Ildez/Zenaida Romeu:  Rosa Roja
Moises Simons/Roberto Valera:  Manisero
Ernesto Lecuona/Roberto Valera:  Danza Lucumi and A la Antigua
Cervantes/Zenaida Romeu:  Improvisada and Cortesana
Armando Romeu/Roberto Valera:  Cuba Mia
Luis Cardenas/Zenaida Romeu:  He Perdido Contigo
R. Prats/Zenaida Romeu:  Jugando Contigo
Erman L. Nussa/Roberto Valera:  Momo
Camerata Romeu
Zenaida Romeu, cond.
“Cuba Mia” (Soundtrack)
Arkadia Records 873002

 

Sadie Harrison:  Gulistan-e Nur:  The Rosegarden of Light (Interludes)
Ensemble Zohra
“The Rosegarden of Light”
Toccata Classics

 

 

Run time: 58:44

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


October 30, 2016: Patchwork Quilt I

patchwork-piano-keys-2

 

“Much like a patchwork quilt, inspiration that stirs and motivates me is made of many things.”  – Robert Reynolds

 

The quilter’s stash is never-ending.  Snips and pieces leftover from other projects, swatches they bought or traded because they simply had to have it.  Often these bits and scraps make their way into a patchwork quilt.

On this episode of Feminine Fusion, you’ll hear a patchwork quilt of music. These are some works that didn’t quite fit into recent programs, but are worthy of sharing all the same.  Host Diane Jones is your guide.

 

 

“Patchwork Quilt I”

Emma Lou Diemer: Peace
Georgia Women’s College Ensemble
Jennifer Morgan Flory, cond.
Live recording of World Premiere

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel:  Trio for Piano, Violin & Cello in d minor, Op. 11
The Macalester Trio
“Chamber Works by Women Composers”
VoxBox 5029

Paula Diehl:  In Hand
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra
Petr Vronsky, cond.
“Separation”
Navona Records 6044

J.S. Bach:  Chaconne from Partita in d minor
The Eroica Trio
“Baroque”
EMI Classics 556873

 

Run time:  58:30

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


October 23, 2016: Women Inspiring Men

Leila Josefowicz & John Adams

Leila Josefowicz & John Adams

“[Scheherazade] possessed courage, wit, and penetration.  She had read much, and had so admirable a memory, that she never forgot anything she had read.  She had successfully applied herself to philosophy, medicine, history, and the liberal arts; and her poetry excelled the compositions of the best writers of her time.”  – The Arabian Nights: The Frame Story

 

Composer John Adams thought he knew the story of the “Arabian Nights.”  But his view changed dramatically in 2013, when he visited an exhibition in Paris about the history of this work.  He began to consider the question, “What would a Scheherazade for our own time be like?” His answer: Scheherazade.2. Written for violinist Leila Josefowicz, whom Adams described as “the embodiment of his heroine as a fearless and empowered artist,” host Diane Jones brings you the complete work on this episode of Feminine Fusion.

 

 

“Women Inspiring Men”

John Adams: Scheherazade.2
Leila Josefowicz, violin
St. Louis Symphony, David Robertson, cond.
“Scheherazade.2”
Nonesuch 7559794351

 

Michael Nyman:  Tango for Tim
Elaine Funaro, harpsichord
“Overture to Orpheus: Music Written for the Women Who Gave Wing to the Muse”
Centaur CRC 2517

 

Run time:  58:36

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


October 16, 2016: Part Of The Crowd

Edna Phillips, harp, Philadelphia Orchestra. (Published in the Inquirer 1941. PHOTO: R. T. Doone)

Edna Phillips, harp, Philadelphia Orchestra.
(Published in the Inquirer 1941. PHOTO: R. T. Doone)

 

“Women artists need to break barriers in order for women’s experience to be valuable.” – Liz Phair

 

For centuries, orchestras have been dominated by men.  It was remarkable when Leopold Stokowski appointed Edna Phillips to the position of Principal Harp in 1930.  Just fifty years later, members of the Berlin Philharmonic threatened to strike if a female clarinetist was hired.  Women auditioning on traditionally “male” oriented instruments – think tuba or trombone – were dismissed as not having the physical stamina to play in an orchestra.  And yet, with the advent of blind auditions, the number of women hired by orchestras has increased significantly.  This episode of Feminine Fusion takes a look at just a few of these women joining the ranks of the orchestra, becoming “Part Of The Crowd.”

 

“Part Of The Crowd”

Paul White: Sea Chanty
Edna Phillips, harp;
The Philadelphia Orchestra Strings, Eugene Ormandy, cond.
“Sea Chanty”
American Columbia, matrices XCO 35084 through 35087 (78 rpm)

Michael Daugherty: Reflections on the Mississippi for Tuba & Orchestra
Carol Jantsch, tuba;
Temple University Symphony Orchestra, Luis Biava, cond.
BCM&D Records

Berthold Goldschmidt: Clarinet Concerto
Sabine Meyer, clarinet;
Berlin Comic Opera Symphony Orchestra, Yakov Kreizberg, cond.
London (Decca) 455586

 

Run time: 58:34

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


October 9, 2016: Women Inspiring Women

Rachel Barton Pine & Maud Powell

Rachel Barton Pine & Maud Powell

 

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”  – Edith Wharton

 

Inspiration comes in many forms and from many directions.  On this episode of Feminine Fusion, we’ll look at Women Inspiring Women. Violinist Rachel Barton Pine found inspiration in the life and work of Maud Powell, who made over 100 recordings for the Celebrity Artist Series of the Victor Talking Machine Company, between 1904 and 1919.  The members of the Cassatt String Quartet chose to name themselves after artist Mary Cassatt, who personified the “New Woman” of the 19th century – educated, knowledgeable, and socially active.  And composer Penka Kouneva, who composed a modern tone poem “The Woman Astronaut” to honor the increase of women in the space program.  (In 2013, NASA hired 8 new astronauts – 4 men, and 4 women.)

(Here is the link to Rachel Barton Pine’s article about her inspiration from Maud Powell in the January 2014 issue of Strad Magazine.)

 

“Women Inspiring Women”

Jules Massenet:  Meditation (from Thais)
Maud Powell, violin; George Falkenstein, piano
“Powell:  The Complete Recordings (1904-1917)”
Naxos 8.110993

Amy Cheney Beach:  Romance for Violin & Piano (1893)
Rachel Barton Pine, violin; Mattheew Hagle, piano
“American Virtuosa: Tribute to Maud Powell”
Cedille 97

Daniel S. Godfrey:  Intermedio
The Cassatt String Quartet
“Cassatt”
CRI 671

Penka Kouneva:  The Woman Astronaut
The Hollywood Studio Symphony, Eimear Noone, conductor
“The Woman Astronaut”
Varese Sarabande 302 067 349 8

 

Run time:  58:33

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


October 2, 2016: Women of Color – Composers (Part 1)

Pamela Z in her San Francisco Studio wearing a SensorPlay controller. photo credit: Goran Vejvoda

Pamela Z in her San Francisco Studio wearing a SensorPlay controller.
photo credit: Goran Vejvoda

 

“Gifted women musicians and composers rarely received their due. ” – James Cook

 

 

Recognition for women’s achievements in the music composition arena has definitely improved, though it still has a long way to go.  Women of color have the dual obstacles of both gender and racial bias to address.  This week on Feminine Fusion, we concentrate on the music of African American women composers, from Florence Price to Pamela Z.  Learn about these remarkable women who have given their all to their music.

(Here is the link to Jordannah Elizabeth’s article, mentioned in the program)

 

“Women of Color (Composers)”

Nora Holt:  Negro Dance
Helen Walker-Hill, piano
“Kaleidoscope:  Music by African-American Women”
Leonarda 339

Florence Price: Symphony in E Minor
New Black Music Repertory Ensemble, Leslie B. Dunner, cond.
“Florence B. Price: Concerto in One Movement/Symphony in E Minor”
Albany 1295

Julia Perry: Short Piece for Orchestra
Imperial Philharmonic of Tokoyo, William Strickland, cond.
“Music of Talma, Fine, Perry, Daniels & Howe”
New World CRI

Pamela Z: Caught
Pamela Z, vocals/electronics
“Emergency Music”
CRI 770

 

Run time:  58:10

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


September 25, 2016: Nadia Boulanger, Part 1

Aaron Copland and Nadia Boulanger

Aaron Copland and Nadia Boulanger

 

“Myth credits every American town with two things: a 10-cent store and a Boulanger student.” – Ned Rorem

 

With a career spanning 70 years, Nadia Boulanger taught theory, composition, and ear training to more than 600 students.  In this special Live edition of Feminine Fusion, you’ll hear music from composers as diverse as Aaron Copland, Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Astor Piazzolla, and more.

This is also your opportunity to show your support for Classic FM by making your pledge.  And to those who have already become members, thank you!

 

 

“Nadia Boulanger, Part 1”

Aaron Copland:  Symphony for Organ & Orchestra (1924)
Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Litton – conductor
“A Copland Profile”
Delos 3221

 

Elliott Carter:  Tarantella (1936)
SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Marcus Creed – director
“Elliott Carter: Choral Works”
SWR Music

 

Peggy Glanville-Hicks:  Concertino de camera
Tall Poppies Ensemble
“Red Earth”
Tall Poppies

 

Astor Piazzolla:  Lo que vendra
Razumovsky Orchestra, Peter Breiner – conductor
Sefika Kutluer, flute
“Tango Goes Symphony”
Naxos 557004

 

Philip Glass:  String Quartet No. 1
Carducci Quartet
“Philip Glass: String Quartets Nos. 1-4”
Naxos 559636

 

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


September 18, 2016: Ascending the Podium

Marin Alsop

Marin Alsop

 

 

“You’re either born a musician, or you’re born not a musician.  It has nothing to do with gender.” – Antonia Brico

Conducting is still a male-dominated stronghold in the musical world.  Even in the last few years, prominent conductors insist that woman conductors are not capable of conducting anything other than “feminine” works, like Debussy or Ravel.  And that the rigors of conducting are too hard for women, claiming it is “an issue of biology.”  On this episode of Feminine Fusion, three remarkable women take the podium and show just what they are capable of achieving.

(And here’s the Classic FM list of why women can’t be conductors.)

 

“Ascending the Podium”

Libby Larsen:  Marima Concerto After Hampton
Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop – conductor
John Kinzie, marimba
“Libby Larsen: Deep Summer Music, Solo Symphony, Marimba Concerto After Hampton”
Koch International

Mozart: Overture to Don Giovanni, K. 527
Overture to Magic Flute, K. 620

Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Antonia Brico – conductor
“Essential Classics: Mozart Overtures”
Sony Classical

Huang Anlun: Piano Concerto in G Minor
China National Opera House Symphony Orchestra, Zheng Xiaoying – conductor
Joseph Banowetz, piano
“Huang Anlun: Piano Concerto in G Minor”
Marco Polo

 

Run time:  58:21

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


September 11, 2016: In Memoriam

InMemory

 

 

“Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Andersen

These words rarely ring more true than when an artist strives to make sense of senselessness.  In so many ways, music can provide a focus for emotions that are difficult to express.  In this episode, music in response to overwhelming events, from Armenia, Germany, and the United States.

 

“In Memoriam”

Joan Tower:  In Memory
Tokoyo String Quartet
“Joan Tower: Instrumental Music”
Naxos

Leah Curtis: To Rest In Peace
Studio Orchestra
“To Rest In Peace (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)”
Leah Curtis

Sylvia Glickman: The Walls Are Quiet Now
Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, Donald Smith – conductor
“The Walls Are Quiet Now (A Holocaust Remembrance Trilogy)”
Albany

Tatev Amiryan: Last Lullaby
Catherine Crawford, soprano; Tatev Amiryan, piano
Live Performance (used with permission)

Last Lullaby

by Ruben Sevak
English translation by Tatev Amiryan

Lull, lull . . . I lull you to sleep,
Lest you should hear your wounded father’s screaming
Venum you nurse . . . it is not milk . . .
I lull you to sleep.

Floods of blood burst from these holy mountains,
But you don’t flee, cherish your country, love it,
Do not be a captive in your own land, reign it . . .
I lull you to sleep

Here I am dying . . . Be Armenia your mother,
I bequeath to you this broken sword . . .
Still burning hot with your father’s blood . . .
I lull you to sleep . . .

Run time:  58:34

 

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


September 4, 2016: From Parlor . . . to Prize Winners

Clara Schumann

Clara Schumann

Julia Wolfe

Julia Wolfe

 

 

“I once believed that I possessed creative talent, but I have given up this idea; a woman must not desire to compose – there has never yet been one able to do it.  Should I expect to be the one?” – Clara Schumann

We’ve come a long way from the days when Clara Schumann denied her own talents in order to better conform to societal norms.  In the premiere episode of Feminine Fusion, you’ll hear the work of composers who have left the parlor behind, and earned well-deserved accolades for their music and creativity.

 

“From Parlor … to Prize Winners”

Clara Schumann:  Three Romances for Violin & Piano
Donne e Doni
“Music by Women Composers”
Musicraft

Ruth Crawford (Seeger): Quartet – 1931
The Pacifica Quartet
“Declarations:  Music Between the Wars”
Cedille

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Symphony No. 1 (Three Movements for Orchestra)
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, John Nelson – conductor
“Ellen Taaffe Zwilich – Orchestral Works”
New World Recordings

Julia Wolfe: Anthracite Fields (Movements 3 & 4)
Bang On A Can All-Stars, Choir of Trinity Wall Street
“Anthracite Fields”
Cantaloupe Music

 

Run time:  58:29

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music.  Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform and inspire.  Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.


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