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Reclaiming Herstory in Music

Biography

Meet the composers behind the historical strand of the Venus Unwrapped programme, from Renaissance nuns to Baroque aristocrats, from 19th-century pioneers to talents whose music was all but obliterated by historical cataclysm, discouragement and early death.

Anna Amalia, Princess of Prussia (1723-1787)

Biography

Champion of CPE Bach, composition pupil of Kirnberger, and voracious collector of musical scores, Anna Amalia probably took her first…

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Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677)

Biography

The illegitimate daughter of influential poet Giulio Strozzi, and herself a single mother of four, Barbara Strozzi could easily have…

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Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre (1665-1729)

Biography

A protégée of the Sun King – to whom she dedicated her first book of Pièces de clavecin (1687) –…

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Francesca Caccini (1587-1641)

Biography

That Francesca Caccini was destined to be the first woman to compose an opera is hardly surprising. Born in Florence…

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Leonora d’Este (1515-1570)

Biography

Like Hildegard of Bingen, ‘Suor Leonora’ was an abbess of noble birth, (her mother was Lucrezia Borgia, her father Alfonso…

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Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979)

Biography

Rebecca Clarke embarked on composition lessons at the Royal College of Music with Stanford, who suggested she take up the…

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Vitēzlava Kaprálová (1915-1940)

Biography

Despite Vitēzlava Kaprálová’s lamentably short life nonetheless produced a substantial body of skilfully crafted works reflecting (like the works of…

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Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979)

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Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre (1665-1729)

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Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677)

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Anna Amalia, Princess of Prussia (1723-1787)

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Francesca Caccini (1587-1641)

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Leonora d’Este (1515-1570)

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Anna Magdalena: Bach in the Spotlight

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