Louise Farrenc

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.

In the mid-19th century, there were few performance opportunities for large-scale works by women composers. Today, a symphony composed in the 1840s by French pianist, teacher and composer Louise Farrenc is finally getting well-deserved attention on the concert stage in Philadelphia.

March 30, 2020. Though her work has been neglected for over a century, French composer Louise Farrenc (1804-1875) was a powerful force during her lifetime. Our Classical Album of the Week shows why Farrenc’s symphonic work commanded great respect in her day, and why it deserves to be heard more often today.

March 2, 2020. The Neave Trio gives glorious voice to piano trios by three prominent women composers in our Classical Album of the Week. Her Voice shows how Louise Farrenc (1804-1875), Amy Beach (1867-1944), and Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979) were masters of the chamber music genre.

May 27, 2019. The year 2018 saw a tipping point for the visibility of women composers—both on the stages of concert halls and across the year’s released recordings. And 2019 sees their footprint continue to grow.