A History of Classical Music (The Women-Only Version)

Within the classrooms of most music history courses at Universities, students are taught the evolution of western music through the compositions of mainly men, if not only men. Infrequently are women mentioned at all, other than the occasional reference of a male composer’s wife. For example: when we learn about the music of Johannes Brahms, we are often taught about the strong friendship he had with Robert Schumann, as well as the drama surrounding his admiration for his wife, Clara Schumann. However, we never delve into the complex and beautiful music that Clara Schumann composed in the shadows of her husband. In this article, Alice Gregory provides a short overview of classical music of only women composers, with sound excerpts included! Click here for the article. (Featured image above is taken by Krista Schlueter for the New York Times).

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