The London-based Marsyas Trio will be recording a CD “Gates of the Soul,” which will be released with NMC Recordings (one of the leading British labels) in October, to celebrate the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK. The disc will feature music by six living British women composers, including Judith Weir who is our first ever female Master of the Queen’s Music, and two composers who have spent their lives living in the USA: Hilary Tann and Thea Musgrave.
In conjunction with this upcoming CD recording project is the “Stretch Goal” video recording project of AMY BEACH’s “Pastorale & Caprice (The Water Sprites)” for flute, cello and piano, which were written in 1921, a year after American suffrage was obtained, and so connect with the theme of their CD rather nicely! They have a fundraising campaign to record these two works by Beach, and the URL is www.marsyastrio.com/kickstarter. They’ll be setting visuals made from shadow puppetry to the video, to accompany the music, and this will all be freely available on YouTube or similar. Please consider providing financial support for their project! Their fundraiser runs until March 15.
In the words of the Marsyas Trio cellist Dr. Val Welbanks:
“Women of my generation and younger take our rights for granted and we know very little about how difficult things were before us. So if people can give a little money towards our project that’s great (!) but mainly we’re using this as a way to contribute to the year’s celebration of the strong and creative women before us, and around us, and to participate in the discussion on how we can take the next steps towards equality. And of course this will also be our contribution towards celebrating (albeit a little late) Amy Beach’s 150th anniversary!”
The Nobel Prize Award Ceremony took place this morning in Stockholm, Sweden, and for one of the musical interludes, Amy Beach’s “Gaelic” Symphony – II. Alla Siciliana was performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra using the revised edition by Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy‘s Director of Publications and Amy Beach Project Editor-in-Chief, Chris A. Trotman!
Please enjoy listening to the gorgeous Beach Symphony movement as part of the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony (the YouTube video should begin just as the RSPO begins playing the Beach, but if not, it begins at 16:14) – https://youtu.be/cNWwGQAKidA?t=974
The CD album, aptly entitled “Five American Women Composers,” includes Amy Beach’s Piano Quintet in F-sharp, her anthem, “Let This Mind Be in You” and two movements from her Mass in E-flat as well as music by Ruth Crawford Seeger, Katherine K. Davis, Susan McFarland (Mrs. E. A. Pankhurst) and Sister Martha Jane Anderson.
For more information about the specific music included in this album and how to purchase, please visit the AMRC page here.
Released today (3/3/17) by Hyperion Records, the new album entitled The Romantic Piano Concerto ~ 70 features pianist Danny Driver and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra performing three wonderful piano concerti by historic female composers! These works include the monumental Piano Concerto in C-sharp minor, Op. 45 by Amy Beach as well as the Concertstück in C sharp minor, Op. 40 by Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944) and the Piano Concerto in D minor by Dorothy Howell (1898-1982).
“Danny Driver’s expertly skilled and refined piano performances are equally matched by his sense of musical phrasing and expressive nuance throughout the contrasting light, sometimes playful passages and heavy, demanding virtuosic sections. Together with the renowned BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Driver has provided us with fresh interpretations of three exquisite piano concerti by all too often neglected female composers, Amy Beach, Cécile Chaminade and Dorothy Howell. In addition to coinciding with International Women’s Day on March 8, this 2017 release also perfectly coincides with the 150th anniversary of the birth of Amy Beach. Bravo to Mr. Driver and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for their splendid contributions!” – Chris A. Trotman (www.amybeach.org)
The CD and MP3 album are available via Hyperion Records. The MP3 album is also available on iTunes!