She Composes Like A Man
Cathrine Winnes © Anders Lindstad / SVT – Swedish Television
To fill a gap in music history. This is the mini series about some of the amazingly strong women composers, and their orchestral music! We follow their fights as they take their music out of the domestic chambers and into the public realm. They move from composing for intimate venues, their homes, for piano and voice only, towards entering large stages. Some gave up their children. Others divorced their husbands or composed in secret at night. More than one published under their brothers’ names. Today we know them as Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Signe Lund, Lili Boulanger, Cecile Chaminade and Clara Schumann. And of course Ethel Smyth and her toothbrush.