The Joy of Composing through a Woman's Eyes
"There is nothing greater than the joy of composing something oneself and then listening to it."- Clara Schumann
The month of March marks Women's History Month. The media usually spends time looking at women who have defied all barriers and odds in specific sectors, such as politics, science, and finance. If the media were to focus on an artistic female who made her mark, it would usually be either an author or artist.
I'm not out to take away the role that these pioneering women have had on our society in each of these sectors, but I do think that we have lost an opportunity to find and recognize women who achieved greatness in the area of musical composition.
Musical composition is a highly difficult art form. It requires years of study, starting with the King of Counterpoint, Johann Sebastian Bach. From there, music theory and music history must be understood, in order to watch the changes of composition from the early Medieval times to present day. And lastly, it takes time to understand oneself and one's project in order to write a piece that perfectly expresses that composer's thoughts and intentions.
So I thought today's blog should focus on three women who made a profound impact in the classical musical world in their study and creation of music. Enjoy!
1. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)