Songs by Women Composers
SCHUMANN, POLDOWSKI, BEACH Songs by Women Composers TROY109 - Price: $16.99
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Unusual songs by women composers.

The works of women composers have been consistently overlooked by music historians. New emphasis is now being placed on "women in music" in music departments and women's studies programs across the country. The works of many women are beginning to emerge from the neglect of the past, and are becoming recognized as compositions worthy of study and performance. This is especially true in the art song genre which because of the small forces involved, allowed for the possibility of performance, even if only in the home. The songs of these three composers represent three different styles. Although all were born in the nineteenth century, their styles of composition are as distinct as the poetry that each chose to set. Clara Schumann composed in the tradition of the early Lieder composers, setting texts of German Romantic poets. Irene Wieniawska's (known as Poldowski) music, which includes a large number of settings of Paul Verlaine, is predominantly in the French impressionistic idiom. Amy Beach was an American who set various English-speaking poets from Shakespeare and Robert Burns to her own husband and herself.
Contents:
Amy Beach, composer
Nachts
Lauralyn Kolb, soprano, Don McMahon, piano


Amy Beach, composer
Fairy Lullaby
Lauralyn Kolb, soprano, Don McMahon, piano


Amy Beach, composer
Far awa'!
Lauralyn Kolb, soprano, Don McMahon, piano


Amy Beach, composer
Extase
Lauralyn Kolb, soprano, Don McMahon, piano


Amy Beach, composer
Take, O take those lips away
Lauralyn Kolb, soprano, Don McMahon, piano


Amy Beach, composer
The Western Wind
Lauralyn Kolb, soprano, Don McMahon, piano


Amy Beach, composer
Forgotten
Lauralyn Kolb, soprano, Don McMahon, piano


Amy Beach, composer
Wir Drei
Lauralyn Kolb, soprano, Don McMahon, piano


Poldowski, composer
Columbine
Lauralyn Kolb, soprano, Don McMahon, piano


Poldowski, composer
Bruxelles
Lauralyn Kolb, soprano, Don McMahon, piano


Poldowski, composer
Spleen
Lauralyn Kolb, soprano, Don McMahon, piano


Poldowski, composer
Dimanche d'Avril
Lauralyn Kolb, soprano, Don McMahon, piano


Poldowski, composer
Cythere
Lauralyn Kolb, soprano, Don McMahon, piano


Poldowski, composer
L'attente
Lauralyn Kolb, soprano, Don McMahon, piano


Poldowski, composer
Crepuscule du soir mystique
Lauralyn Kolb, soprano, Don McMahon, piano


Poldowski, composer
Dansons la Gigue
Lauralyn Kolb, soprano, Don McMahon, piano


Clara Schumann, composer
Ich stand in dunkeln Traumen
Lauralyn Kolb, soprano, Don McMahon, piano


Clara Schumann, composer
Sie liebten sich beide
Lauralyn Kolb, soprano, Don McMahon, piano


Clara Schumann, composer
Liebeszauber
Lauralyn Kolb, soprano, Don McMahon, piano


Clara Schumann, composer
Der Mond kommt still gegangen
Lauralyn Kolb, soprano, Don McMahon, piano


Clara Schumann, composer
Ich hab' in deinem Auge
Lauralyn Kolb, soprano, Don McMahon, piano


Clara Schumann, composer
Die stille Lotosblume
Lauralyn Kolb, soprano, Don McMahon, piano


Clara Schumann, composer
Was weinst, du, Blumlein
Lauralyn Kolb, soprano, Don McMahon, piano


Clara Schumann, composer
An einem lichten Morgen
Lauralyn Kolb, soprano, Don McMahon, piano


Clara Schumann, composer
Geheimes Flustern hier und dort
Lauralyn Kolb, soprano, Don McMahon, piano


Clara Schumann, composer
Auf einem grunen Hugel
Lauralyn Kolb, soprano, Don McMahon, piano


Clara Schumann, composer
Das ist ein Tag, der klingen mag
Lauralyn Kolb, soprano, Don McMahon, piano


Clara Schumann, composer
O Lust, o Lust
Lauralyn Kolb, soprano, Don McMahon, piano

Review:
"In keeping with the current emphasis in the musical world on the works of women composers, this CD presents a refreshing sampling of the output of three women born in the nineteenth century who have undeservingly languished in relative obscurity until fairly recently..." (Journal of Singing)
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