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Women composers

Women composers

My flute, cello and piano trio is working on a piece 'Voces de mi Tierra' by Catalan composer Elisenda Fabregas.  It's very Spanish music and challenging in all three parts but we like it very much. I recently listed to a fascinating interview with Fabregas where she tells her life story.  It's well worth listening to and will give you insight into what it's like to be a woman composer.

I have two bass quintets by Louise Farrenc (No.1 and No. 2) which are just great.  Of course, being a bassist, I want to have juicy parts. They are both really delightful.

You can hear the All Things Considered theme in the second quintet.  Was it stolen or was it just a coincidence, I've always wondered?

There is more good chamber music by Louise Farrenc:

Trio op. 45 for flute, violoncello and piano – a great piece for every of the three instruments!
Trio op. 44 for clarinet, violoncello and piano.
Nonetto op. 38 – same instruments as in the famous Spohr-nonetto: fl, ob, cl, hn, bn, vn, va, vc, db.