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Unsung Heroines: Danielle de Niese on the Lost World of Female Composers

Danielle de Niese explores the lives and works of five female composers who were famous in their lifetimes, but whose work was then forgotten.

Danielle de Niese explores the lives and works of five female composers - from the Middle Ages to the late 20th century - who were famous in their lifetimes, but whose work was then forgotten.

Western classical music has traditionally been seen as a procession of male geniuses, but the truth is that women have always composed. Hildegard of Bingen, Francesca Caccini, Clara Schumann, Florence Price and Elizabeth Maconchy - all these women battled to fulfil their ambitions and overcome the obstacles that society placed in their way. They then disappeared into obscurity, and only some have found recognition again.

1 hour

Last on

Thu 14 Feb 2019 02:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:03

    People's Century Orchestra

    Age of Hope

  • 00:26

    Wiener Symphoniker, Geza Anda

    Piano Concerto No. 20 In D Minor, K. 466: Allegro

  • 00:48

    Ralph Vaughan Williams

    The Lark Ascending

    Performer: Nicola Benedetti. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Litton.
  • 00:52

    Elizabeth Maconchy

    String Quartet No 4: Allegro-Lento Appassionato-Allegro

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Danielle de Niese
Director Guy Evans
Producer Guy Evans
Executive Producer Angela Ferreira
Executive Producer Elizabeth Hartford
Production Company Endemol UK

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