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Classical Classroom

Classical Classroom, Episode 42: Amy Bishop On Awesome Female Composers

Name some female classical music composers. Can’t? Listen to this episode!


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Houston Public Media's Amy Bishop
Houston Public Media’s Amy Bishop. Still from a video by Adam Clay.

Producer Todd thought he needed to take a “vacation” with his “family” last week, so we are giving you this month-appropriate rerun before returning next week with a slew, a treasure trove, a veritable cornucopia of new episodes. Meanwhile, sit back, relax, and learn about these great women of classical music. – Dacia
It’s Women’s History Month up in the Classroom! Houston Public Media’s own Amy Bishop (see also, Episode 9: Tone Poems) teaches us all about female classical music composers, from the millennia-old ethereal sounds of Hildegard von Bingen, to the contemporary works of Jennifer Higdon. Why have so many women composed classical music but so few have become household names (yet)? We jiu jitsu that question and others in this episode!

Audio production by Todd “von Toddgen” Hulslander with double-plus masterful editorial decisions by Dacia Clay.

Music in this episode:
– Hildegard von Bingen: Caritas Abundat in Omnia (Love Abounds All)
– Clara Schumann: Piano Concerto in a minor, Opus 7 (first movement)
– Jennifer Higdon: Blue Cathedral

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