Femmes de légende

Unheard female composers and their male contemporaries

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)  

Sonata D majorr Hob.XVI:37 

(dedicated to Katharina + Marianne Auenbrugger)


Marianne Auenbrugger (1759-1782)

Rondo from the Sonata E flat Major


Felix Mendelssohn/Fanny Hensel (1809-1847 /1805-1847)

2 Lieder ohne Worte 


Clara Schumann (1819-1896)

Variations op. 20 on a theme by Robert Schumann


Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Novellette D major op. 21 No  2




Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

Jeux d'eau


Mel Bonis (1858-1937)

Femmes de légende: 



Barcarolle op. 71


Amy Beach (1867-1944)

A hermit thrush at eve op. 92


Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944)

Les Sylvains op. 60


Claude Debussy (1857-1944)

L‘ile Joyeuse


This concert unfolds the captivating story of legendary women: Highly gifted female musicians whose art was only allowed to flourish behind closed doors. Brilliant female composers who should be mentioned in the same breath as Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. Artist couples in whom often only the male part is established in the canon of music history.


Pianist Lydia Maria Bader juxtaposes well-known works by Joseph Haydn, Felix Mendelsohn-Bartholdy, Robert Schumann or Claude Debussy with fascinating music by "unheard-of" female composers: Fanny Hensel, Clara Schumann, Amy Beach, Mel Bonis and Cécile Chaminade.


These women were once friends, partners, or fellow students of famous male composers and were highly respected in their day, yet their works have been largely passed over by historians.



In this concert full of musical discoveries, the female composers are given their rightful place alongside their male colleagues, a place they have earned through their ravishing music. 



"The practice of art is indeed a large part of my being; to me, it is the air that I breathe."

- Clara Schumann -

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