#19: Short(ish) Notes on Clara Schumann’s Piano Sonata

Today we’re looking at Clara Schumann’s Piano Sonata in G minor, written just a year after she married Robert. She wrote two of the movements as a Christmas present for her new husband, and we delve into the history of the piece and their relationship.

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#18: An Interview with Douglas Shadle

Today I’m with Professor Doug Shadle from Vanderbilt University. We’re discussing American symphonies and orchestras, and the C20th music critic Claudia Cassidy. As a public figure in the classical music industry she faced considerable sexism, and we’re talking about what we can learn from her life and how we move conversations about gender forward.

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#11: An Introduction with Outi Tarkiainen

The BBC Proms season has started! There’s a host of world premieres in the programme, so we’re running a series of very short introductions to some of the new pieces in this season. Our first introduction is to ‘Midnight Sun Variations’ by Finnish composer Outi Tarkiainen. The piece will be performed by John Storgårds and the BBC Philharmonic in Prom 22 on Sunday 4th August, alongside Rachmaninoff’s Isle of the Dead and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11. You can also hear our presenter, Leah, speaking in the interval for this concert!

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#8: An Interview with Samantha Ege

In this episode I’m with Samantha Ege, pianist and scholar. We’re discussing her research on the composer Florence Price, and writing the histories of women composers.

All the music on this podcast is performed by Samantha Ege, from her album Four Women. The pieces included are Vítězslava Kaprálová Sonata Appassionata (1st movement), Florence Price Piano Sonata in E Minor (1st movement), and Margaret Bonds Troubled Water. The album is available to buy from Wave Theory Records.

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