January 15, Birthday of Johanna Müller-Hermann (1878-1941)

Since July, I have been concentrating solely on female composers.  You can read about that in my post from July 19.  If I can’t find one born on the calendar day, I won’t post.  On with today’s composer.

Johanna Müller-Hermann (15 January 1878 – 19 April 1941) was an Austrian composer and pedagogue.” (Wikipedia).  I could only find this one work by her, an incredibly beautiful string quartet.  Odd to find only that, because she supposedly was one of the foremost composers of chamber music of her time, as this piece demonstrates.

“String Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 6: I. Moderato”
String Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 6: II.Allegro Vivace

“String Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 6: III. Adagio con espressione”
String Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 6: IV.Allegro con spirito

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January 9, Birthday of Laura Valborg Aulin (1860-1928)

Since July, I have been concentrating solely on female composers.  You can read about that in my post from July 19.  If I can’t find one born on the calendar day, I won’t post.  On with today’s composer.

Laura Valborg Aulin (9 January 1860, Gävle – 11 January 1928, Örebro) was a Swedish pianist and composer. I can only find two works of hers on Youtube.

Piano Sonata in F-minor, Op.14 “Grande Sonate sérieuse” (1885)
5 Tondikter, Op .7: I – Vågornas vaggsång”

January 8, Birthday of Armande de Polignac (1876-1962)

Since July, I have been concentrating solely on female composers.  You can read about that in my post from July 19.  If I can’t find one born on the calendar day, I won’t post.  On with today’s composer.

Wikipedia has precious little to say about this composer who was a patron of Stravinsky, Ravel, and Milhaud.  Alas, I can find recordings of only two of her works.”

“Aube consolatrice “C’est une matinée adorablement douce…”
Le héron blanc

January 6, Birthday of Evelyn La Rue Pittman (1910-1992)

Since July, I have been concentrating solely on female composers.  You can read about that in my post from July 19.  If I can’t find one born on the calendar day, I won’t post.  On with today’s composer.

Eveyln La Rue Pittman was born in Oklahoma and went to Langston University where she studied violin, trombone, and harmony. In Oklahoma City, she founded a professional choir and had her own radio show. She obtained certificates to teach in any Oklahoma school and then went to New York where she studied composition at Julliard. Her professor there recommended her to Nadia Boulanger, with whom she studied in Paris. She is most known for her arrangement of African American spirituals, but she also wrote three operas, the last, in 1970, called Freedom Child which celebrated the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Alas, I can find recordings of only one of her works, a spiritual entitled “Anyhow.”

Anyhow
Another Version of Anyhow

December 27, Birthday of Hope Temple

Since July, I have been concentrating solely on female composers.  You can read about that in my post from July 19.  If I can’t find one born on the calendar day, I won’t post.  On with today’s composer.

There is a very short entry for Hope Temple, nee Alice Davis, in Wikipedia.  She studied piano in London starting at age 13, but then due to a riding accident that injured her hand, she turned to composing.  I can only find one piece by her on Youtube.  It’s an Irish song called “My Lady’s Bower,” which was sung by Molly Bloom in James Joyce’s Ulysses.  The other is an excerpt, not very well performed, from her husband’s (Andre Messager), opera Mirette, which she cowrote with him.  She wrote two operettas, which I cannot find.

From Wikipedia:  Hope Temple, born as Alice Maude (called “Dotie”) Davis (27 December 1859 – 10 May 1938) was an Irish songwriter and composer. She was also known as “Mrs. André Messager“.

My Lady’s Bower
For the Wind of Night Comes Wandering

December 25, Birthday of Annie Lennox (b. 1954)

Since July, I have been concentrating solely on female composers.  You can read about that in my post from July 19.  If I can’t find one born on the calendar day, I won’t post.  On with today’s composer.

Annie Lennox may not be listed as a composer in Wikipedia, but she studied flute, piano and harpsichord at the London Royal Conservatory of Music. Her work as an Eurythmic still leaves me a bit speechless, as does her solo album Medusa (of covers, I know).

Love Song for a Vampire
Julia

Would I Lie to You

Conditioned Soul

December 24, Birthday of Libby Larsen (b. 1950)

Since July, I have been concentrating solely on female composers.  You can read about that in my post from July 19.  If I can’t find one born on the calendar day, I won’t post.  On with today’s composer.

 

Love Song for A Vampire
Holy Roller for Saxophone and Piano

Like Blind Men Tapping in the Dark

Song Concerto
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