Female Composer Series: Donna Barocca – Irish Baroque Orchestra

Female Composer Series: Donna Barocca – Irish Baroque Orchestra

Thursday, 7 March 2019, 8.00pm

In March 2018 the National Concert Hall and Sounding the Feminists announced a five-year project, supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, aimed at increasing the presence of female composers in the concert hall. As part of this project the NCH is delighted to announce the first series focusing on female composers over the centuries. The series of six concerts will run from November 2018 to April 2019.

Irish Baroque Orchestra

‘Donna Barocca‘

Jacquet de la Guerre Sonatas for violin & continuo
Barbara Strozzi Serenata ‘HorforApollo’ & Arietta ‘Miei pensieri’
Antonia Bembo Cantata ‘Lamento della Vergine’
Rosa Giacinta Badalla Mottetto ‘Non plangete’
Isabella Leonarda Sonata duodecima for violin solo and continuo (from Sonate a 1, 2, 3, 4, istrometi Op. decima sesta)

On the eve of International Women’s Day, Irish Baroque Orchestra perform Donna Barocche at the National Concert Hall’s Kevin Barry Recital Room. Donna Barocche highlights the sometimes neglected compositional output by female composers of the baroque period and particularly celebrates the 400th anniversary of the birth of Barbara Strozzi.

Miriam Roycroft cello
Lance Coburn piano

Louise Farrenc Cello Sonata in B flat Major Op. 46 (1859)
Vítězslava Kaprálová April Preludes, Op.13 (1937)
Ethel Smyth Cello Sonata in a Minor Op.5 (1887)
Luise Adolpha LeBeau Cello sonata in D Major Op.17 (1882)
Henriëtte Bosmans Sonata (1919)

The last concert in the series focuses on unjustly neglected sonatas for cello and piano by major female composers of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Louise Farrenc (1804-1875) was a renowned pianist whose compositions were much admired by her peers such as Schumann, though they are only now reaching the wider audience they deserve. Ethel Smyth (1858-1944) the British composer and women’s suffrage activist is one of the seminal figures in the history of female composers, her works being widely performed during her lifetime. Luise Adolpha LeBeau’s (1850-1927) circle of supporters included figures such as the composer Johannes Brahms, violinist Joseph Joachim and conductor Hans von Bulow. Henriëtte Bosmans (1895-1952) was a celebrated piano virtuoso and the daughter of the principal cellist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. A close friend of Benjamin Britten, interestingly her cello sonata dates from the same year (1919) as Elgar’s famous cello concerto.



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