31 JANUARY 2019

Thursday, 31 January 2019


Matilde Margherita Mary Capuis (1 January 1913 – 31 January 2017) was an Italian organist, pianist, music educator and composer. She was born in Naples and studied at the Benedetto Marcello conservatory in Venice with Gabriele Bianchi and at the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory in Florence.
After completing her studies, she took a position at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi of Turin where she became chair of theory and then composition. For many years she performed in a duo with cellist Hugh Attilio Scabia. Capuis died on 31 January 2017 at the age of 104.


Concerto for Oboe and Strings by Matilde Capuis


Beatriz de Dia or Comtessa de Dia (born c. 1140 - flourished circa 1175, Provence) was the most famous of a small group of trobairitz, or female troubadours who wrote courtly songs of love during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

Beatrice's poems were often set to the music of a flute. Five of her works survive, including 4 cansos and 1 tenson.Scholars have debated whether or not Comtessa authored Amics, en greu consirier, a tenso typically attributed to Raimbaut d'Aurenga. One reason for this is due to the similarities between this composition and her own Estat ai en greu consirier. A second reason references the words in her vida, Et enamoret se d'En Rambaut d' Aurenga, e fez de lui mantas bonas cansos .

Her song "A chantar m'er de so qu'eu no volria" in the Occitan language is the only canso by a trobairitz to survive with its music intact. The music to A chantar is found only in Le manuscript di roi, a collection of songs copied around 1270 for Charles of Anjou, the brother of Louis IX.

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A chantar m'er de so qu'eu no volria by Beatriz de Dia

30 JANUARY 2019

Wednesday, 30 January 2019


Charlotte Alington Pye Barnard (23 December 1830 in Louth, Lincolnshire – 30 January 1869 in Dover) was an English poet and composer of ballads and hymns, who often wrote under the pseudonym Claribel.
She was the daughter of Henry Alington Pye, a solicitor and Charlotte Yerburgh. She married Charles Barnard in 1854: though he was parson of St Olaves in Ruckland, Lincolnshire, they lived at The Firs in Westgate, Louth, Lincolnshire. After Charlotte's presentation at court in 1856, the couple moved to Pimlico. Among their neighbours was the conductor Michael Costa.
On 8 July 1847, Charlotte laid the foundation stone of Louth railway station. In a visit back to Louth in 1862, Charlotte wrote 20 Spring Songs and sang some of her own compositions at a concert held to clear the debt on the new east window of St James' Church, Louth. A stained glass window in her memory now stands at the west end of the church.
By 1864, she had moved to Kirmington rectory as her husband had been appointed Rector of Brocklesby with Kirmington.A prolific balladeer and hymn-writer, Barnard is probably best known for 'I Cannot Sing the Old Songs', 'Bide A Wee' and 'Come Back to Erin'. She was also the composer of the hymn tune 'Brocklesby'.
In 1868 it was discovered that her much respected father had been systematically stealing money left in his care and trust. He fled to Belgium with his second wife. Charlotte joined him there with her husband but returned to England at the beginning of 1869 for a holiday, when she became ill and died after a short illness from typhoid fever.


Come back to Erin by Charlotte Alington Pye Barnard 


Josepha Barbara Auernhammer (25 September 1758 – 30 January 1820) was an Austrian pianist and composer.

She was born in Vienna as the eleventh child of Johann Michael Auernhammer and Elisabeth Timmer. Josepha Barbara Auernhammer studied with Georg Friedrich Richter, Leopold Anton Kozeluch and from 1781 Mozart, with whom she fell in love. On 27 June 1781, Mozart wrote of her: "Almost every day after dinner I am at H: v: Auernhammer's - The Miss is a monster! - plays delightfully though, however, she lacks the genuine fine and lilting quality of cantabile; she plucks too much." That year, Mozart dedicated his Violin Sonatas K. 296 and K. 376–80 to her.

Auernhammer corrected the printing of several sonatas by Mozart, and her piano playing together with Mozart was described enthusiastically by Abbé Stadler. During a house concert in Vienna Passauerhof on 23 November 1781, she played Mozart's Sonata for Two Pianos K. 448 and the Double Concerto K. 365. Further joint concert appearances took place in January 1782 and on 26 May 1782.

After the death of her father, Mozart conveyed a housing at Countess Waldstätten's to Auernhammer which was located in the Leopoldstadt district of Vienna. In 1786, she married Johann Bessenig (c. 1752 – 1837), with whom she had four children. She regularly participated in concerts in private venues and at the Burgtheater. Already on 25 March 1801, immediately after the work was finished, she played the Piano Concerto in C major, Op 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Her last public concert was on 21 March 1813 together with her daughter Marianna Auenheim who was a known voice teacher and pianist. Auernhammer wrote predominantly piano music, and especially variations which are characterized by extensive knowledge of pianistic techniques and artful use of the instrument.

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6 Variations sur un Theme Hongrois by Josepha Barbara Auernhammer

29 JANUARY 2019

Tuesday, 29 January 2019


Evelyn Stroobach is a professional musician and an award winning, published composer with a Master of Music degree from Indiana University. She has won regional, national and international awards for her works. Recently, Stroobach was honoured in the Senate and the House of Commons at the Houses of Parliament in Ottawa, Canada for her participation as composer on the newly released Aboriginal Inspirations CD 

Stroobach has had her compositions performed at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, National Gallery of Canada, in the Senate and in the Peace Tower at the Houses of Parliament in Ottawa, Canada, at the Wabano Centre in Ottawa, Canada, at the Shenkman Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada, at the Saint John Arts Centre in New Brunswick, Canada, Ars Universalis: Culture Days and the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria as well as many other concerts halls around the world. Her compositions have also been performed in concerts held at the University of Literature & Philosophy, in Rome, Italy, Indiana University, the University of Ottawa, Lakehead University and Saint Thomas University.


Aurora Borealis by Evelyn Stroobach


Ana Mihajlović studied composition with Zoran Erić (the Faculty of Music) in Belgrade and Louis Andriessen (the Royal Conservatory) in The Hague. She also attended classes of Ton de Leeuw, Nigel Osborne, Srđan Hofman. 

Selected three times for the International Gaudeamus Week, Amsterdam (1991 – Story II, 1998 – Full Auto Shut Off, 2004 – Imploro Grazia). In 1998, she was a guest composer in Tokyo, as a winner of the International Composers Competition (the 19th IRINO Prize for Orchestra, for her piano concerto Mundus Sensibilis). Her music was commissioned and performed by the Belgrade Strings, the Combustion Chamber ensemble, de Stichting Barka, pianist Marcel Worms, Gamelan ensemble, Axyz Ensemble, Cobla la principal d’Amsterdam, VPRO TV, Malle Symen Quartet, Ensemble Multifoon, Doelen Ensemble, percussionist Tatian Koleva etc. 

Since 1995 she has been living in the Netherlands. Ana Mihajlović is also active as a performer (conductor, DJ) and she is a member of the electronic band Cloud Society.

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Les Baricades Mistérieuses by Ana Mihajlović

28 JANUARY 2019

Monday, 28 January 2019


Lily Strickland was born in Anderson, South Carolina, of parents Charlton Hines Strickland and his wife Teresa Hammond Reed. When her father died, the family moved into the home of her grandparents, Judge and Mr. J. Pinckney Reed. Strickland began studying piano at age six and began composing in her teens. She studied piano and composition at Converse College and in 1905 received a scholarship to study at the Institute of Musical Arts (later Juilliard) in New York City.

In 1912 she married Joseph Courtenay Anderson, an English teacher at Columbia University. When Anderson became manager for an American company in 1920, the couple moved to Calcutta, and spent the next ten years in India. Stickland traveled in Africa and Asia, painted and published articles in American magazines. She received an honorary doctorate in music from Converse College in 1924 in recognition of her success as a composer.

The Andersons returned to New York, and in 1948 retired to a farm near Hendersonville, North Carolina. Strickland never had children, and died in 1958.


Home they brought her by Lily Strickland 


Felicia Donceanu was born in Bacău. She originally planned to be a stage director, but became interested in music and studied composition at the Ciprian Porumbescu Conservatory in Bucharest (now the National University of Music) with Mihail Jora. After completing her studies in 1956, she worked as an editor for ESPLA until 1958, and then for Editura Muzicala until 1966. After leaving her editorial position, she worked full-time as a composer, producing works that have been performed internationally.

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Sonata for Violin and Piano by Felicia Donceanu 


Sunday, 27 January 2019


Nancy Galbraith (b. 1951) has been composing music since the late 1970's, creating instrumental and vocal sound praised for its rich harmonic texture, rhythmic vitality, emotional and spiritual depth, and wide range of expression. With major contributions to the repertoires of symphony orchestras, concert choirs, wind ensembles, chamber ensembles, and soloists, Galbraith plays a leading role in defining the sound of American contemporary classical music. Galbraith resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she is Chair of Composition at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music, and holds the Vira I Heinz Professorship of Music endowed chair. She is published by Subito Music.


Lumen Christi Deo Gratias by Nancy Galbraith


French composer and teacher, Marguerite Canal was the first woman in France to conduct orchestral concerts. Born into a musical family in Toulouse in 1890, Marguerite Canal revealed her musicality in her earliest years and began her studies at the Paris Conservatory in 1903. Under the direction of Paul Vidal, Canal proved to be an outstanding pupil, earning first prizes in harmony, piano accompaniment and fugue. Drawn to composition, she began to write songs, some of them to accompany her own poems. Her phenomenal talents were recognized in 1917 and 1918 when she became the first woman to conduct orchestral concerts in France (at a series held at the Palais de Glace). In 1919, she was appointed teacher of solfège (music theory) for singers at the Paris Conservatory, and the next year she won the Premier Grand Prix de Rome for her dramatic scene for voice and orchestra, "Don Juan."

Marguerite Canal's compositions are sensitive and often poignant. Her songs, particularly those set to the verse of Paul Fort, display her love of the sea and the coast of Brittany. Others, including a 1948 setting of four lullabies derived from the poetry of Marceline Desbordes-Valmore , testify to her passionate love of children, and are a commentary on one of the great sadnesses of her life, never having had a child. Largely unknown even to connoisseurs of modern French music, the creative efforts of Marguerite Canal represent an aesthetic treasure yet to be discovered by music lovers.


Sonata for Piano and Violin (3rd Movement) by Marguerite Canal


Saturday, 26 January 2019


Fanny Hünerwadel was a native of Lenzburg and came from a long-established family of the city. She was the oldest child of the physician Johann Friedrich Hünerwadel and Speerli Regula, who were both avid music lovers. Hünerwadel was first taught music by her mother, and then studied piano under Philipp Tietz, Joseph Breitenbach and Ludwig Kurz. She also belonged to the local choral society.

In 1846 she began studied piano, voice, music theory and composition with Hans Nägeli and Alexander Müller (1808–1863) in Zurich. From 1849, she made public appearances as a singer and pianist, performing benefit concerts at the Universal Music Company in Zurich. She sang in 1851 to inaugurate the new Lenzburg organ. Also, in 1851 she visited Paris and London. In 1852, she played Rondo Brilliant by Johann Nepomuk Hummel in a subscription concert of the General Music Society of Zurich, from which today's Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich emerged.

In 1853 as part of her training, she traveled to Florence and Rome. In Florence, she took singing lessons with Romani. In Rome in 1853 she was guest of artists and families Corrodi Imhof and took lessons in singing teacher Parisotti. Hünerwadel died of typhoid on 27 April 1854 in Rome. Six of her seven existing piano songs were posthumously published in 1854.


Sechs Lieder: III Im Frühling by Fanny Hünerwadel 


The first composer to win the American Academy in Berlin Prize, Laura Schwendinger is a Professor of Composition at UW Madison. Her music, performed by leading artists of our day, Dawn Upshaw (on tour 1997-2013; TDK/Naxos DVD), Arditti& JACK Quartets, Jennifer Koh, Janine Jansen, Miranda Cuckson, Matt Haimovitz, ICE, Eighth Blackbird, New Juilliard Ensemble, Collage, StonyBrook Premiere, Boston Musica Viva, Aspen Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex, Trinity Choir NOVUS, American Composers Orchestra and Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, and at Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln-Center, Times Center, Symphony Space, BargeMusic, Corcoran Gallery, Institute of Advanced Study-Princeton and Tanglewood, Aspen and Ojai Music Festivals; and at the National Arts Centre Canada, Théâtre Châtelet, Wigmore Hall, and Berlin Philharmonic, and was an American League of Orchestras Composer-in-residence with the Richmond Symphony in 2016. 

Her reviews include..“Evok(ing) a sense of serene mystery and infinite beauty”, “evincing an acute sonic imagination and sure command of craft.”, “darkly attractive, artful and moving…” "talent to burn…ballsy, confident music-making in both writing and execution…proves that serious contemporary music does not have to dumb down to be immediately accessible and emotional”,“...her music has at its core her own impressive point of view... … displays an acute ear for engaging melodic contours and evocative settings”, “not a single moment in her works sounds contrived, formulaic, or artificial…intensely and strongly "alive", “This was shrewd composing, the genuine article. Onto the ''season's best'' list it goes.” The NY Times Playlist review of her High Wire Acts, “The works grouped together on this captivating disc… she sketches musical short stories of somnambulant fragility and purpose.”


Wet Ink by Laura Schwendinger


Friday, 25 January 2019


Gladys Smuckler Moskowitz is an American singer, composer and teacher. She graduated from Brooklyn College with bachelor's and master's degrees, and worked as a teacher, choir director and composer. As Gladys Young she performed in the United States and Europe as a folk singer. In 2003 her chamber opera The Fountain of Youth, based on Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment," won a special commendation at the Nancy Van de Vate International Opera Competition for Women.

Gladys began her musical career as a singer. She received B.A. and M.A. degrees in Music from Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and under her professional name, Gladys Young toured the United States, Europe, and Israel, as a folk singer-instrumentalist. She has composed the music and written the libretto for “The Masque of the Red Death,” a Renaissance-style music drama in two acts, story by Edgar Allan Poe; “The Fountain of Youth,” a chamber opera in one act, story “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment,” by Nathaniel Hawthorne; and a satirical chamber opera “Chicken Little,The Sky is Falling,” based on the well-known children’s story. Each opera has received a workshop performance. Individual arias and excerpts have been sung at concerts in New York and Europe. Among the composer’s dramatic settings of Art Songs by American poets “Grass” by Carl Sandburg has been sung in Europe by soprano with piano accompaniment and in New York by tenor with chamber orchestra accompaniment. In May 2008 Three Love Songs on Poems by Sara Teasdale, “Joy,” ”Advice to a Girl,” and “Gifts” were premiered at Renee Weiler Concert Hall in NYC. Her most recent work (2009) consists of “Three Songs of Passion” poems by Cheryl Yuzik: “Life Sentence,” composed for voice and piano ( and tenor saxophone or violin), “Utopia” A Tango of Love, for voice and piano, and “Manic Screaming” for voice, piano, and cello.

Ms. Moskowitz’s style is eclectic, employing classical, folk, and jazz elements to create music that glorifies the beauty of the human voice! Her music is performed internationally.


Aria: I was a prosperous Merchant" by Gladys Smuckler Moskowitz (b. 1928)


Marguerite Roesgen-Champion was a Swiss harpsichordist and composer; b. Geneva, Jan. 25, 1894; d. Paris, June 30, 1976. 

She studied composition with Bloch and Jaques-Dalcroze at the Geneva Cons., but devoted herself mainly to harpsichord playing, giving numerous recitals in Europe. Her own works, couched in the neo-Romantic vein, include Faunesques for Orch. (Paris, 1929), Concerto moderne for Harpsichord and Orch. (Paris, Nov. 15, 1931, composer soloist), Aquarelles, symphonic suite (Paris, Nov. 26, 1933), Harp Concerto (Paris, March 28, 1954), 5 harpsichord concertos (1931–59), including No. 1, Concerto moderne (Paris, Nov. 15, 1931, composer soloist), Concerto romantique for Piano and Orch. (1961), a number of pieces for flute in combination with the harpsichord and other instruments, and a curious piece for Piano, 4-Hands, entitled Spoutnik (1971).


Nocturne for Oboe and Piano by Marguerite Roesgen-Champion

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