Feminine Fusion

S06 Ep36: A Little Romance

Clara Schumann

Clara Schumann

“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.” – Clara Schumann


In 1975, musicologist Edith Borroff presented a paper titled “Women Composers: Reminiscence and History,” and said, “Composition was considered unsuitable to the female sex, save for those exercises which could enhance the performing technique.”  Today we’ll hear works by women who composed despite society’s bias.


A Little Romance

Teresa Carreño:  Waltz, Op. 1
Margot Dilmaghani, piano
“Listen to the Ladies!”
Celebration 7

Clara Schumann:  Six Songs, Op. 13
Barbara Bonney, soprano
Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano
“Schumann Lieder”
London 452898

Cécile Chaminade:  Concertino for Flute and Piano, Op. 107
Mary Palchak, flute
John Novacek, piano
“Flute Music by French Composers”
Ambassador 1016

Clara Kathleen Rogers:  Sonata for Violin & Piano, Op. 25
Elaine Skorodin, violin; Kimberly Schmidt, piano
“Women at an Exposition”
Koch International 7240

Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel:  Overture
The Women’s Philharmonic; JoAnn Falletta, conductor
“The Women’s Philharmonic”
Koch International 7169


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.

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