April 16, Birthday of Erika Radermacher (b. 1936)

Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any Swiss composers. Artists of course include Paul Klee, Alberto Giacometti, Jean Tinguely, and HR Giger. A quick search in google found a number of male composers, including Arthur Honegger (whose work Pacific 231 I have featured), but no women.


I did find a reference in “Women Opera Composers: Biographies from the 1500s to the 21st Century,” and a web page dedicated to contemporary Swiss music.
Youtube only has one video of her compositions and four of her performances as a pianist. The video on the left is of her performing a work by Clara Schumann with a trio, and her composition starts around 29 minutes in.
Wikipedia tells us she also studied and performed as a soprano and now teaches music theory and composition in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Problem (1984) Trio for Piano, Cello, and Violin
Starts at 28:48
As a Performer
Flocking by James Tenny (1993)
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April 5, Birthday of Diana Nasution (1958-2013)

Diana Nasution was an Indonesian pop singer. I can’t find much on her except the link to her obituary in the Jakarta Post. She was the mother of Marcello ‘€œEllo’€ Tahitoe and wife of musician Minggus Tahitoe. There is a wikipedia entry for Nasution, but it’s in Bahasa Indonesia, which I cannot read. Anyone want to take a stab at translating it for me? A to Z Challenge
BENCI TAPI RINDU
Tembang Kenangan (Full Album)

April 4, Birthday of Chen Yi (b. 1953)

Chen Yi, was a gifted child prodigy, playing both piano and violin. However, when the Cultural Revolution occurred in 1966, education stopped, her house was raided, all the instruments “liberated,”and she was packed off to the countryside to labor as a peasant. There she was influenced by Chinese folk music, and after returning to Beijing when the cultural revolution ended, she became the first woman in China to earn a Master of Art in Composition. She and her husband now live and teach at the University of Missouri-Kansas-City. I included two versions of Spring Dreams, one a studio recording and another live version, which I think is amazing. A to Z Challenge
“Ning” for violin, cello and pipa
As In A Dream (如梦令)
Spring Dreams
Spring Dreams (Live performance by Chanticleer)

April 3, Birthday of Elisabetta Brusa (b.1954)

Elisabetta BrusaIs an Italian composer, who as a child wrote over 30 pieces for piano before entering the Music Conservatory in Milan. Starting in her twenties, she travelled to London where she was tutored by Peter Maxwell Davies for many years. She received a Fulbright and taught at Tanglewood, where she also studied under Hans Werner Henze. This is how Wikipedia describes her work. If someone can explain it to us, I’d be very grateful: Neo-Tonality and in particular to Neo-Romanticism, but in the original sense of the word, which is nowadays often confusedly assimilated to other ones,” and her harmony as “essentially pandiatonic with panchromatic moments.” A to Z Challenge
“Belsize” String Quartet, Op.1
Sonata per pianoforte, Op. 6
Simply Largo, for String Orchestra
Marche Funèbre, per Pianoforte (2001)

April 1, Birthday of Alberta Hunter (1895-1984)

Alberta Hunter was born in Memphis, Tennessee to a maid who worked in a bordello. There she began her career singing in men’s club. When her mother married in 1906, she decamped and moved to Chicago, where she heard she could make it as a singer. She didn’t at first, but then started gigging in bordellos, became well known, and eventually performed with King Oliver. In the 20s and 30s, her career flourished both as a singer and a songwriter. Hunter was married once, shortly, divorced, and in 1927 sailed to Europe with her partner, Lottie Taylor, with whom she lived until Taylor died. In 1957, Hunter’s mother died, which she said took the fun out of performing, so she claimed she was younger, forged a high school diploma, and entered nursing school. She remained a nurse until 1977, though she did start recording in 1971. A to Z Challenge
Downhearted Blues (1939)
Downhearted Blues (1977)
Fats Waller & Alberta Hunter Beale Street Blues (1927)
Someday Sweetheart
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