Three Women Composers

According to Britannica, a musical composition is the art of conceiving and creating music.  

I love to sing, and I very much enjoy listening to music. That part I get, but to compose music, to pick out the notes, the instruments… I’m completely at a loss. Fortunately, we have three women composers with us today who will explain what it means to be a female composer in today’s music world.

For this BCR program, we spoke with Svjetlana Bukvich, best known for her blending of classical music, media and electronic music.  Sarajevo-born and NYC-based -- Svjetlana is widely regarded as an innovative, dynamic, multimedia American composers.  Her music has been heard at The Kennedy Center, the Tribeca Film Festival, Brooklyn’s Bargemusic, Rose Studio at Lincoln Center – and many other venues.

Beth Anderson Harold is a composer of new romantic music, text-sound works, and music theatre events. Her early work was considered post-Cagian and non-academic. Beth studied with John Cage, Terry Riley, Robert Ashley and Larry Austin at Mills College and U.C. Davis. You can catch her beautiful compositions at New World Records and many other places on the web.

Gramophone described Debra Kaye as “an eclectic unfolding of creativity.” Debra has won 6 Global Music Awards and received grants from Mannes College, Meet the Composer, and Edward T. Cone Foundation; and commissions from the Howland Chamber Music Circle and Portland Youth Philharmonic; Ms Kay’s works have premiered at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, in collaboration with the Lincoln Trio and Daedalus Quartet. 

Rebecca McKean


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