January 12, Maude Nugent (1873 or 1874 – 1958)

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 may not post.  On with today’s composer.

Maude Nugent was an American singer and composer. See Wikipedia entry here.

Sweet Rosie O’Grady
Mamie Reilly sung by the Haydn Quartet with Harry Macdonough

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February 19, Elfrida Andrée (1841-1929)

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 may not post.  On with today’s composer.

Elfrida Andrée (19 February 1841 – 11 January 1929), was a Swedish organist, composer, and conductor.  I only came across her music today, and I must say it is quite a nice surprise.  There’s not much about her on the English speaking websites, so this is about all I could find:  She and her sister, who became a famous opera singer, were both educated by their father.  Elfrida was active in the women’s suffragette movement in Sweden.

Piano Quintet in E minor
Concert Ouverture in D-major

Piano Trio No.2 1st movt.
Quartet in A minor

February 15, birthday of Vilma von Webenau (1875-1953)

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 may not post.  On with today’s composer.

Vilma von Webenau, (* 15 February 1875 in Constantinople; † 9 October 1953 in Vienna), composer, first student of Arnold Schönberg, granddaughter of Julie von Webenau, daughter of Arthur Weber Edler von Webenau, k. & k. counsellor in Constantinople

Befreiung

February 4, Ann Southam (1937-2010)

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 may not post.  On with today’s composer.

Ann Southam was a Canadian composer who lived in Toronto and worked closely with the New Dance Group of Canada (later known as Toronto Dance Theatre).  These four selections show the breadth of her work from simple piano, to minimalism to 12 tone.

“Glass Houses” (Seven Circles)
Fast River #2

Glass Houses #12
Simple Lines of Enquiry

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