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Women Composers
The Lost Tradition Found

2-CD set: Music by 25 women composers, Middle Ages, Baroque, Classical, 19th Century, 20th Century. Various artists. The CDs can stand alone or be used with the book by the same title by Dr. Diane Peacock Jezic, published by The Feminist Press at CUNY. CD Catalog #LE353 (2 CDs). Duration 2.3 hours. The second edition of the book was prepared by musicologist Dr. Elizabeth Wood.

Composer bios

1. Medieval through Classical             2. Romantic Songs     

3. Romantic & Early 20th Century
      4. American composers


CD cover: Women Composers


The book: Dr. Diane Peacock Jezic wrote this book drawing upon material from 15 of Leonarda's early LP releases and from a 1975 recording on the Gemini Hall label. The recordings, remastered as CDs, supplement the book, but can also stand alone. The Feminist Press at CUNY published the first edition in 1988, and it was winner of the 1989 Pauline Alderman Prize by the International Congress on Women and Music. The author, a pianist and music historian, held a doctorate in musical art and taught music literature at Towson State University until her death in 1989. The second edition was prepared by Dr. Elizabeth Wood.

Each Chapter of the book features one composer, providing an introduction to her life and an analysis of her music, as well as a checklist of her works, a bibliography, and a discography, providing the needed tools for the integration of this data into existing courses and the creation of new courses that focus on women. Jezic discusses each composer in the context of traditional music history and analyzes the conditions required for women to compose and for their works to survive. Paperback, 247 pages.


Part I: Medieval and Classical Music by Women Composers


Early & Classical Women Composers


Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1170)
1. Kyrie (3:45)

1. mp3
Sopranos and altos of the Schola Cantorum, University of Arkansas; Jack Groh, conductor
Francesca Caccini (1587-bef.1640)
2-3. La Liberazione di Ruggiero
Selections from the opera (3:22)

2a. mp3

2b. mp3
Mertine Johns, mezzo-soprano; Michael May, harpsichord; Yvonne Cable, cello; Vieuxtemps String Quartet members Masako Yanagita, Marnie Hall, Margaret Middleton
Francesca Caccini (1587-bef.1640)
4. Chi desia di saper (1:54)

4. mp3
Carol Plantamura, soprano; Jürgen Hübscher, baroque guitar; Beverly Lauridsen, viola da gamba
Barbara Strozzi (1620-1664 or later)
5. Tradimento! (2:39)

5. mp3

Carol Plantamura, soprano; Jürgen Hübscher, lute; Beverly Lauridsen, viola da gamba
Isabella Leonarda (1620-1704)
6. Kyrie from "First Mass, Op. 18" (5:21)

6. mp3

University of Arkansas Chorus, violins, cello, organ, Jack Groh, conductor.
Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre (c.1664-1729)
7. Prelude from the cantata "Samson" (1:21)
8. Tempête from the cantata
Le Sommeil d'Ulisse

7. mp3

8. mp3

John Ostendorf, bass-baritone; Bronx Arts Ensemble Chamber Orchestra; Johannes Somary, conductor
Anna Amalia, Princess of Prussia (1723-1787)
9. March for the Regiment Graf Lottum (1:28)
from "Four Regimental Marches"

9. mp3
Masako Yanagita, Marnie Hall, Margaret Middleton, Yvonne Cable, Thomas Thies (string quartet and double bass)
Anna Amalia, Duchess of Saxe-W. (1739-1807)
10. Selections from the Singspiel
"Erwin und Elmire" (Goethe) (3:00)

10. mp3

Berenice Bramson, soprano; Vieuxtemps String Quartet; Thomas Thies, double bass
Maria Theresia von Paradis (1759-1824)
11. Sicilienne (1:59)

11. mp3

Evalyn Steinbock, cello; Roger Rundle, piano


Part II: 19th Century Songs by Women


Lieder and Songs by Women Composers


Louise Reichardt (1779-1826)
12. Hier liegt ein Spielmann begraben (1:28)
13. Betteley der Vögel (1:35)

12. mp3

13. mp3

Grayson Hirst, tenor;
Michel Yuspeh, piano
Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1805-1847)
14. Nachwanderer (2:27)

14. mp3
John Ostendorf, bass-baritone;
Rudolph Palmer, piano
Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel
15. Warum sind denn die Rosen so blass (2:52)
16. Morgenständchen (1:32)

15. mp3

16. mp3

Hirst, Yuspeh
Josephine Lang (1815-1880)
17. Der Winter (2:17)
18. Wie glänzt so hell dein Auge (2:53)

17. mp3

18. mp3

Ostendorf, Palmer
Josephine Lang
19. Frühzeitiger Frühling (1:27)

19. mp3
Katherine Ciesinski, mezzo-soprano;
Rudolph Palmer, piano
Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896)
20. Das ist ein Tag der klingen mag (:57)
21. Warum willst du And're fragen (2:46)
22. Er ist gekommen in Sturm und Regen (1:37)
23. Liebst du um Schöheit (2:56)

20. mp3

21. mp3
22. mp3
23. mp3

Pauline Viardot-Garcia (1821-1910)
24. Das Vöglein (2:15)
25. Die Beschwörung (2:17)

24. mp3

25. mp3

Ostendorf, Palmer




Part III: 19th Century & Early 20th Century Instrumental Music
by Women Composers


19th & 20th Century Music by Women


Louise Farrenc (1804-1875)
26. Scherzo from "Trio in E Minor, Op. 45" (5:03)

26. mp3

Katherine Hoover, flute; Carter Brey, cello; Barbara Weintraub, piano
Louise Farrenc
27. Finale from "Nonetto, Op. 38" (5:07)

27. mp3
Bronx Arts Ensemble
(strings and winds)
Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944)
28. La Morena, Op. 67  
Caprice Espagnole (4:48)

28a. mp3
28b. mp3

Michael May, piano
Louise Héritte-Viardot (1841-1919)
1. Serenade from "Quartet, Op. 11" (2:52)

b1. mp3
Marnie Hall, violin; Margaret Middleton, viola; Evalyn Steinbock, cello; Michael May, piano
Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)
2. Nocturne (2:31)
3. D'un Matin de Printemps (4:49)

b2. mp3

b3. mp3

Katherine Hoover, flute; Virginia Eskin, piano
Amy Beach (1867-1944)
4. Excerpt from "Quartet for Strings,
Op. 89" (11:26)

b4. mp3
Crescent String Quartet: Nancy McAlhany, Alicia Edelberg, Jill Jaffe, Maxine Neuman
Rebecca Clarke(1886-1979)
5. Finale from "Trio" (1921) (7:30)

b5. mp3
Suzanne Ornstein, violin; James Kreger, cello; Virginia Eskin, piano




Part IV: American Women Composers


Music by American Women


Katherine Hoover (b.1937)
6-7. Divertimento
End of mvt. 1 through mvt. 2 (8:54)

b6. mp3

b7. mp3
Wendell Dobbs, flute; with members of the Montclaire String Quartet: Kathryn Langr, violin; Christine Vlajk, viola; and Andrea DeGregorio, cello
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich (b.1939)
8. Schicksal (III) from "Einsame Nacht" (1:20)
9. Elisabeth (IV) from "Einsame Nacht" (3:17)

b8. mp3

b9. mp3

John Ostendorf, bass-baritone
Shirley Seguin, piano
Ruth Schonthal (1924-2006)
10. String Quartet (1962)
Concluding sections (3:56)

b10. mp3
Crescent String Quartet:
Nancy McAlhaney,
Alicia Edelberg, Jill Jaffe,
Maxine Neuman
Barbara Kolb (b.1939)
11. Homage to Keith Jarrett and Gary Burton (8:52)

b11. mp3

Katherine Hoover, flute;
William Moersch, vibraphone
Marga Richter (b.1926)
12. Landscapes of the Mind II
Middle sections (10:49)

b12. mp3

Daniel Heifetz, violin;
Michael Skelly, piano
Judith Lang Zaimont (b.1945)
13. Nocturne: La Fin de Siècle (6:59)

b13a. mp3
b13b. mp3
J udith Lang Zaimont, piano


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