Throughout history, women have been writing beautiful music. The issue is, hardly anybody has ever gotten to hear it because publishers wouldn't publish it and directors wouldn't program it. Just like with so many other facets of life, men have dominated the composition world.
Fortunately, in the late 19th and early 20th century, pioneers like Lili Boulanger, Amy Beach, and Alice Parker came along. They knew they wrote wonderful music, and they were determined to have it heard the world over. In our upcoming concert "Music, She Wrote" CoroAllegro will perform works by these three remarkable composers. Additionally, we will sing works by two very early female composers, the incomparable Hildegard Von Bingen, who was composing in a monastery in the Holy Roman Empire during the 1100's, and Vittoria Aleotti, who had an entire book of her music published in Italy in the early 1600's.
With the rise of self publishing in the 1990's and 2000's, more great works of music by female composers started to see the light of day. Correspondingly, publishing companies began to print more and more music by women, and though still not entirely equal today, it is now easier than ever to hear beautiful music, both choral and instrumental, by excellent female composers. I am so excited to present many works at our concert by living female composers. We will feature a wide variety of compositional styles, and you will truly get to hear the invaluable contribution that female composers are making to the choral music library of today. Thanks for joining us!