Women’s History Series: First Ladies of Music
In this new series, we”ll follow the history of first ladies in music, compare styles between men and women, and explore the reasons for women who compose or perform, taking into account that women did not universally receive attention, acceptance or encouragement. We”ll begin with an overview and historically work our way down from Greek Divas to Music of the Salon, and European Women Composers of the 19th Century. Hosted by Virginia Eskin.
Part 3 - Music of the Salon Period
During the Salon period – the early 19th century – women began to find ways to be independent artists. All of the women on this program are powerhouse composers, and for some, being female was not a hindrance. But for Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, the lack of family support — particularly by her father and her famous brother, Felix – prevented from reaching her full potential.