Unsung Heroines: Danielle de Niese on the Lost World of Female Composers 15 May 2022: Sunday on BBC Four


Unsung Heroines: Danielle de Niese on the Lost World of Female Composers 15 May 2022: Sunday on BBC Four 11

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.



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