Blogging from A to Z April Challenge: H is for Barbara Heller

A2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0 This is day 8 of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge in which I attempt to blog every day (excepting Sundays) throughout the month of April. For this challenge, I am curating a collection of “classical” music pieces, which are lesser known or by lesser known composers (to me at least).Today’s composer is Barbara Heller(b. 1936).

I’ve been trying, this month, to alternate between male and female composers. It’s no easy task. Wikipedia lists composers by name, and really out of each alphabetical entry, among hundreds of men, there are normally only two or three women.

“In Bewegung”

My searches however are more than rewarded when I find a female composer. Take today’s composer, Barbara Heller. In WW II, Heller’s home was bombed in 1943 and her family moved to Mannheim where she studied music and taught herself composition. Since then she has promoted female composers, organizing one of the first big festivals on women in music in 1980. Since retiring from performing in 1990, she’s been part of a group, “Bluna Bluna,” which, according to Wikipedia, creates “tape compositions, sound installations, audio-visual exhibition projects and improvisations.”

The composer’s Wikipedia page Barbara Heller


About kurtnemes
Writer and Education Professional. Specialties include Ethics, Personal Memoir, Classical music, Tai Chi, Stress Reduction, Meditation, Coping, Classical Music, Aging, Love, Joy, Compassion and Equanimity (& what interests me.)

One Response to Blogging from A to Z April Challenge: H is for Barbara Heller

  1. Arlee Bird says:

    Women are certainly underrepresented in the field of classical music composition, but I guess much of this was due to the role of women throughout most of history. You’ve got quite an A to Z undertaking for April. Good to see someone take on a topic such as this one.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Wrote By Rote


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