Tag: chamber music

  • Baroque Chamber Music for Flute by Women Composers

    In the process of researching flute music by historical women composers, I’ve come across many surprises that I did not expect.  One of those was the types of music that I encountered – in school, many of my teachers focused on solo repertoire like sonatas and concerti.  And as a result, I expected that a…

  • Flute Resources for Pride Month

    Happy Pride!! 🏳️‍🌈 Most of the resources for LGBTQ+ representation in classical music that I’ve seen center the biographies and works of queer composers.  And while that visibility is great,  this reminds me of the “add women and stir” approach to incorporating women into historical narratives – a method that’s at least 50 years out…

  • Additional Resources for Flute Music by Women Composers

    Virtuosa Flute Solos is great for finding flute solos by historical women composers, but what if you’re looking for chamber music or something more modern??  While those were outside the scope of my research for this particular project, there are many other educators and organizations with a variety of awesome resources.   Check out the list…

  • Women Composers Bingo – Romantic Era

    Happy Women’s History Month!! Guess what that means?  It’s also time for my annual Women Composers Bingo! The National Women’s History Alliance’s theme for 2023 is “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories” – and I can’t think of a better way to do that than with music from the Romantic era, when character pieces, programmatic…

  • The Secret History of Amateurism in Classical Music

    Why does it feel like there’s something lesser about being an amateur, and where did the idea that musical clubs can’t be “serious” ensembles even come from?  Read on for a brief rundown of the history of amateurism in classical music. Early last month, I had a troubling discussion with someone who seemed to be…

  • Flute Resources for Black History Month

    Happy February!! In the spirit of the month, I wanted to take a moment to highlight some resources for flute music by Black composers and performers that I’ve come across over the past several years. I’m always in full support of anything that amplifies voices from outside the narrow canon of Western classical music that’s…

  • Ladies’ Concert Dress:  Not All Black & White

    Women’s Orchestral Uniforms from the 1880s – 1940s While I was going through the files on my phone to delete the photos I’d used in last month’s Instagram posts about early 20th century women’s orchestras, I noticed something odd – in all but one of the pictures, the women performing were wearing white dresses!  Our…

  • Classical Salon Music – Where the Party’s At

    A brief intro to women’s music salons in early 19th century Paris If you’ve taken a look at Virtuosa Flute Solos, you may have noticed that there’s a big hole when it comes to flute music by women composers from the Classical era.  Even when I widened my search to include violin solos, I still…

  • Women Composers in the Court of Frederick the Great

    Meet three women composers who wrote flute sonatas in 18th century Prussia – Wilhelmine von Bayreuth, Anna Amalia von Preußen, and Anna Bon di Venezia.  I kicked off the new year by learning Princess Anna Amalia von Preußen’s ‘Sonata in F Major,’ and surprised myself with just how excited I was to start working on…

  • Fostering Safe Spaces in Western Classical Music

    Sharing music requires vulnerability.  But our performance spaces don’t always give us everything we need to feel supported enough to express our true selves.  I’ve seen some posts on social media lately on people talking about fighting the stigmas of how classical music has to be played a “certain way” or the impression that you…