Musical Ear: March, 22nd 2012

Today I stumbled upon a list of 202 female composers on NewMusicBox.  As a female composer myself, it was very encouraging to know that there’s such a growing group of role models out there.  In fact, as I perused the list, I started thinking about how many living female composers I could think of.  I’m ashamed to say that my list comes to Laurie Andersen, Joan Tower, Libby Larsen, and Jennifer Higdon.  If you ask me to think of female singer/songwriters or female clarinetists, I can give you a much longer list. 🙂

How many female composers can you name?

Anyway, here’s a great piece I found by a female composer I just learned about, Carol Barnett.  It’s a string quartet based on Jewish folk songs with a very modern influence.

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