Liederabend LVI: The Ungifted Sex: Pioneer Women Composers of Song in the 19th Century

NEC: Williams Hall | Directions

290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA
United States

“A woman’s composing is like a dog’s walking on his hind legs. It is not done well, but you are surprised to find it done at all,” said a critic in response to Germaine Tailleferre’s compositions. Women composers of the 19th century defied pervasive sexism through countless compelling songs. As gifted and active as these women were, they could not lead professional lives as composers—but they paved the way for women of the next century to do so.

Join us in exploring songs by Pauline Viardot (Happy 200th Birthday!), Ethel Smyth, Maude Valerie White, Liza Lehmann, Germaine Tailleferre, Cécile Chaminade, Lili Boulanger, Alma Mahler, Josephine Lang, Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, and NEC’s own Florence Price and Amy Beach.

Tonight's program is coached by Tanya Blaich.

This performance is open to in-person audiences, and can also be viewed below via livestream.

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