Lili Boulanger

Mark Morris

Let’s get one thing out of the way first, in case there is any doubt: “Women Composers” is not a genre. Neither is “music by women,” as a category, written with any different level of skill or sensitivity than is “music by men.”

As music scholars and arts presenters alike have come to acknowledge, women and people of color have been scooted to the margins of classical music primarily by the cultural biases of the past.

Dario Acosta

The 2019-2020 Philadelphia Orchestra season was built around two themes – BeethovenNow (in this 250th anniversary year of his birth), and WomenNOW. And our Sunday, July 19th re-broadcast at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and repeated on Monday, July 20th at 7 PM on HD-2 begins and ends with compositions by French women of the 19th and early-20th centuries, with Beethoven right in the middle.

July 13, 2020. Bastille Day! Le 14 juillet! Fête nationale! Yes, the national day of France is this week and while we may not be able to hop readily onto Air France and saunter down the Champs-Élysées, we can nevertheless mark the occasion with a very French album of the week, Compositrices.

WRTI Honoring Women Composers in March

Mar 8, 2013

It wasn't until the last third of the 20th century that women took their place in serious music, a field historically dominated by men.  Felix Mendelssohn's sister Fanny composed quite a bit of music, but it was only heard in private settings since it wasn't considered "proper" for a woman to compose.