Classical music has historically been a man’s world. Hopefully, this paradigm is shifting to become more inclusive of women. Last December, for the first time in over a century, the Metropolitan Opera staged an opera composed by a woman. The Los Angeles Philharmonic will perform the world premieres of works by at least four women in their upcoming 2017-2018 season. It seems a new era is taking shape. There is still much work to be done, but the talent is there and being recognized. We shan’t, however, turn on our back on those extraordinary women who helped pave the way.
In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day earlier this week, I talk about a few of these amazing composers on Capital Public Radio’s Insight with Beth Ruyak. Hear more about Clara Schumann, Germaine Tailleferre, Jennifer Higdon, and Stacy Garrop on Insight‘s “Sound Advice.”