Lost Mozart Works Discovered

Mozart beim Komponieren / J.Bueche - Mozart Composing / Ptg. J.Bueche / c.1880 - Mozart composant / J. Bueche

Via Reiter’s News Service:

Twenty pieces of music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart have been discovered 220 years after he died.

The Vienna-based International Mozart Academy said yesterday that the compositions have been identified as works composed by Mozart in the year before his death. The works include 2 complete symphonies, a 28th piano concerto, a Masonic hymn, songs, and an opera based on the play The Stolen Kiss by Pierre Beaumarchais.

Mozart, who was born in Salzburg, lived from 1756 to 1791. He played the piano from an early age and began composing when he was five. He eventually created more than 600 works, including operas, chamber music, orchestral works and choral pieces.

You can listen to the finale to the Piano Concerto No. 28 in A major here.

Women’s History Month – Rebecca Clarke

Rebecca Clarke

Born and raised in England, Rebecca was of both English and American nationality. She came from an artistic family and her musical studies were encouraged. Clarke enrolled at the Royal Academy of Music in 1903, where she studied the violin. She left the institution two years later after her harmony teacher proposed marriage. Clarke returned to her studies in 1907 at the Royal College of Music, where she was Charles Stanford’s first female student.

In 1912 she became one of the first female musicians in a fully professional ensemble, when Henry Wood admitted her to the Queen’s Hall orchestra. In 1916 she traveled through the United States on a recital tour. During these years Clarke achieved fame as a composer with her Viola Sonata and Piano Trio.

Many of Clarke’s work remains unpublished. If “new” works by Rebecca Clarke emerge, WUOL will be sure to present them. In the meantime, please enjoy a performance of her most famous composition:

Adam Hougland and Fragile Stasis

Adam Hougland is reviving his Fragile Stasis for Louisville Ballet’s upcoming Complementary Voices, April 4 & 5. He talked with Daniel Gilliam about its aesthetics and his artistic philosophy.

Women’s History Month – Henriëtte Bosmans

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Henriëtte Bosmans (1895 – 1952) was a Dutch pianist and composer. She came from a musical family as her father was principal cellist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra and her mother taught piano at the Amsterdam Conservatory. Henriëtte studied the piano with her mother and she soon gained a reputation as a quality pianist in the 1920′s. Bosmans appeared many times as soloist with European orchestras and in a number of chamber music ensembles.

She began composing in her teens. Her friendships with two cellists resulted in several works for cello, including two concertos, a sonata and Poème for cello and orchestra. Her music was known for its lyrical quality and melodic passages.

During the war Bosmans’s music was banned because she refused to become a member of the Kultuurkamer, which was required of all Dutch musicians. After the war Bosmans wrote mostly vocal compositions. After her death, she received a knighthood.

Enjoy this performance of Henriëtte Bosmans’s Piano Concertino:

Rachel Grimes at Green Building and Big Ears

rachel at theater de NWE Vorst

This week you’ll have two opportunities to hear Rachel Grimes play. The first is on Thursday at the Green Building (Doors open at 7pm. Limited tickets available at Guestroom Records), where she’ll play with saxophonist Jacob Duncan and cellist Helen Money, and share the bill with another Louisvillian Cheyenne Mize, and with vocalist Susanna.

For the second concert, you have to drive to Knoxville, Tennessee for the 2014 Big Ears Festival. There she’ll reprise her performance with Duncan and Money, and be part of a lineup that includes Steve Reich, So Percussion, Jonny Greenwood (composer of scores to There Will Be Blood) and more.

(Photo above by William van der Voort from her De NWE Vorst concert)