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Drama Musica has enabled me to make a very personal musical dream come true: to create a recording collection dedicated to women composers!
DONNE is my way, as a musician, to reveal the world of women composers, many of whom went unrecognized in their lifetimes or whose music was allowed to disappear from the public ear, unacknowledged and ignored.
But that didn’t feel enough. Just curating the DONNE collection of recordings seemed to limit how wide a circle of women composers I could showcase and the number of people I could reach. I really wanted to find a way to tell the world of the outstanding achievements of these women.
That’s how an adventure starts...
Discover the lost world of women in music. Hear their stories in this blog and listen to live interviews with women composers making their mark in the music world, now, today. Welcome to DONNE! Please join us and help us to spread the word.
Gabriella Di Laccio
Why are there so few female composers? But are they really so few?
Today the buzz is all around a woman’s place in the world. There's lots of long overdue debate about the roles and opportunities for women in classical music too. However no one can deny that western music is historically dominated by men. No wonder that women, more than men, lose motivation to continue studying music and musical composition.
"I want to show to the world (to the degree that it is granted to me in this profession of music) the foolish error of men, who so greatly believe themselves to be masters of high intellectual gifts which cannot, it seems to them, be equally common among women".
Maddalena Casulana (Italy, c.1544 – c.1590)
You see, even in the sixteenth century, this gender imbalance was evident! According to the International Encyclopedia of Women Composers by Aaron I. Cohen, there are more than 6,000 female composers who didn't give up - and that list was complete only up until 1984. Through to the present day women have made a significant contribution to music. More often than not their contribution has been overlooked. We cannot ignore the fact that many of those who are recognized have had to face more hardship and resistance to their achievements than men – it has certainly not been a level playing field. Even when their work has been praised, women are less rewarded for it.
Donne and Drama Musica are standing firm for women composers and I would like to invite you all to join us on this journey.
Let us praise the composers of the past, let us nurture and appreciate women composers writing new music now and with our hearts and souls let us encourage those who compose in the future. Help keep these women’s names and their music alive.
Spread the word and join us in recognising that women are musical geniuses too.
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