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.