Monday 1 May 2017

Composers' lost works to be premiered for International Women's Day

The work is to be premiered on BBC Radio 3 to mark International Women's Day
The work is to be premiered on BBC Radio 3 to mark International Women's Day

The lost works of five composers have been resurrected as part of a project to shine a light on neglected female musicians throughout history.

Rescued from decades hidden in archives, libraries and private collections, the pieces will be premiered on BBC Radio 3 to coincide with International Women's Day 2018.

Created by artists including a Viennese classical prodigy and an African-American composer at the time of the Harlem Renaissance, the works will be recorded by the BBC Orchestras and Choirs and the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists.

Some of the oldest pieces have never been heard since their first ever performances centuries ago.

The five musicians were picked last month by a Radio 3 panel after being put forward by five academic experts.

Dr Graham Griffiths presented Russian pianist Leokadiya Kashperova (1872 - 1940), Professor Jeremy Llewelyn chose Austrian sensation Marianna Martines (1744 - 1813), Dr Shirley Thompson put forward African-American symphonist Florence B Price (1887 - 1953), Dr Anastasia Belina-Johnson proposed French-Irish opera writer Augusta Holmes (1847 - 1903), and Carola Darwin presented chamber music creator Johanna Muller-Hermann (1868 - 1941).

The radio station's editor and chief diversity lead, Edwina Wolstencroft, said: " We are very excited to embark on this ground-breaking project to bring incredible works by female composers, forgotten for years, to the large modern-day audiences they deserve.

"It is a privilege to help celebrate the musical genius of these women in its own right."

Press Association

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