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Danish Chamber Orchestra: Female composers

Join us when the Danish Chamber Orchestra, radio host and lecturer Signe Amtoft, and historian and mediator Gry Jexen invite you to a concert and conversation about female composers.


Louise Farrenc: from Nonet in E flat major, op. 38 “Scherzo, vivace”
Lili Boulanger: “D'un matin de printemps”
Ethel Smyth: from string trio up. 6 "Allegro"
Florence Price: from String Quartet No. 2 in A minor “Juba. Allegro”
Chiquinha Gonzaga: “Gaucho”
Fanny Mendelssohn: “Italy”, op.8
Fanny Mendelssohn: from the String Quartet in E flat major, 1st movement “Adagio non troppo”
Clara Schumann: “Romance”
Augusta Holmès: “Molto lento”
Hilda Sehested: from the septet for cornet, strings and piano, 1st movement
Nancy Dalberg: from the string quartet no. 1 in flat minor, 2nd movement “Scherzo. Allegretto gracioso”
Barbara Strozzi: “Priego ad Amore” from “Il Primo Libro de Madrigali”
Emilie Mayer: “Notturno”
Louise Alenius: excerpt from "Wife wanted"

Historical female composers of classical music have for many years been severely outnumbered or outright absent from the repertoire in the world's concert halls. But thanks to the persistent research work of recent years, more and more remarkable works have emerged from their hiding places.

On 4 June, you can hear a string of these in The Black Diamond, when composers such as Lili Boulanger, Louise Farrenc, Florence Price, Ethel Smyth, Chiquinha Gonzaga, Fanny Mendelssohn, Hilda Sehested, Barbara Strozzi and Louise Alenius are interpreted by musicians from the Danish Chamber Orchestra.

The works are introduced in colourful, historical narratives about both the composer and her contemporaries. The female composers of the time mostly wrote for smaller ensembles, and this is therefore also the format on which we build the concert's repertoire. For the orchestra's musicians, this is also an opportunity to perform more solo and work together in chamber music.

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