York Early Music Festival - Revolting Women
Music by four women composers who broke free from the strictures of a male-dominated world and defied the laws of conduct dictated by men to women.
Feisty, courageous, defiant. Four women break free from a world dominated by laws of conduct as dictated by men for women, calling for submission, compliancy, chastity, piety and modesty "which is so essential to your sex...will naturally dispose you to be rather silent....." (A Father's legacy to his Daughters, 1774). Music by child prodigy Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre (1665-1729), Ursuline nun Isabella Leonarda (1620-1704), Maddalena Sirmen (1745-1818) - a gifted Venetian violinist who studied with Tartini, and Mrs. Philarmonica - a woman hiding behind a pseudonym, whose Corelli-influenced trio Sonatas were published in London in 1715.
Lucy Russell, Agata Daraskaite - violins
Rachel Gray - cello
Lynda Sayce - theorbo
Peter Seymour - harpsichord, organ.