UNITED IN MUSIC The Lives and Music of 19th century European Women Composers

On 8th March 2019 in St James Piccadilly the Solarek Piano Trio and the author Anna Beer will present a rare opportunity to hear Music by extraordinary female composers from the 19th and 20th century. Some of them have been almost completely forgotten like the German Johanna Senfter who’s handwritten scores of about 134 works lie mostly unpublished. Two French composers, Germaine Tailleferre and Lili Boulanger will shine a light on the talent and diversity of French female music which only now started to be recognised and is still not nearly enough present in todays’ concert halls. There will be a taste of music by the Croatian composer Dora Pejacevic who is hardly known beyond the borders of Croatia. The dramatic music of the English Rebecca Clarke will conclude the evening.


Lili Boulanger 1893-1918

She was first woman to win the prestigious prize Prix de Rome for her cantata Faust et Helena. Her music reflects the french impressionistic style.

Johanna Senfter 1879-1971 (first performance)

Her music was highly influenced by Brahms and Bach. 

She left behind 134 works, most of them unpublished.

Germaine Tailleferre 1892-1983

The only female member of the group of composers known as Les Six. Her trio shows hints of Ravel and Fauré. This piece is steeped in ravishing Gallic beauty

Dora Pejacevic 1885-1923

Born into the Pejačević noble family. She was one of the composers to introduce the orchestral song to Croatian music

Rebecca Clarke 1886-1979

Clarke’s constant struggle against the obstacles of her time expresses itself in this 

truly dramatic and emotional trio.

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