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The Hidden Composers: Women Who Dared to Write Music in a Man’s World
With Anna Beer, soprano & mezzo, accompanied by Natalie Burch, piano.
Anna Beer is a cultural historian and writer as well as Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford. She has recently published a long over-due book: “Sounds & Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music” celebrating the musical legacy and hidden histories of eight remarkable women composers. From 17th century Florence to 20th century London, they created their music in public and private; in the Courts of the Medici’s and Louis XIV; they wrote what they could, when they could whether it was for the glory of God, their patrons or family. In this morning’s lecture recital, Anna will introduce us to some of these inspirational women with accompaniment from Opera Prelude’s young artists.
Her book has received nothing but wonderful reviews from The Guardian to the Financial Times to The Wall Street Journal. Publishers Weekly writes: “Absorbing … [Beer] writes with rich detail and sympathetic insight about [these women’s] ambitious, adventurous battles to overcome barriers to creativity.” There will be an opportunity to purchase a book and have it signed by Anna Beer.