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'20Th-Century Women Composers'

Magazine article Gramophone

'20Th-Century Women Composers'

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'20th-Century Women Composers'

Beach Piano Trio, Op 50. Chanson d'amour, Op 21 No 1 (a). June, Op 51 No 3 (a). A Mirage, Op 100 No 1 (a). Stella viatoris, Op 100 No 2 (a) L Boulanger D'un matin de printemps. D'un spor triste R Clarke Piano Trio (a) Lorna Windsor sop Trio des Alpes Dynamic (F) CDS7717 (70' * DDD)

Rebecca Clarke, Lili Boulanger and Amy Beach were pioneers at a time when musical careers for women were limited away from the operatic stage. British-born Clarke (1886-1979) defied paternal ostracism to forge a path for herself as composer and viola player, though she also wrote under the pseudonym Anthony Trent and found that 'his' work attracted more critical attention than pieces produced under her own name. Boulanger (1893-1918), encouraged by the Franco-Russian family that included elder sister Nadia (who believed Lili's talents exceeded her own), was the first female winner of the Prix de Rome. Beach--the formidably respectable Mrs HHA Beach, as she styled herself--was the first American woman to tackle large symphonic and choral forms in addition to the songs on which her reputation rests. …

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