A few years ago, pianist and professor Sylvie Beaudette conducted an experiment.
In her music history class at Eastman, she played pieces by male and female composers from each major era side by side without revealing the composers' gender. She paired an opera excerpt by Monteverdi with a cantata excerpt by Francesca Caccini. She compared music of Couperin (a man) with that of Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre (a woman). She contrasted a German lied by Robert Schumann with Josephine Lang's, and she paired chamber music by Ernest Bloch with a piece by Rebecca Clarke.
Born in Vienna in 1871, Alexander Zemlinsky had a friend and supporter in Johannes Brahms. Hear Zemlinsky's large-scale symphonic poem Die Seejungfrau (The Mermaid)ï»¿ on the May 10th (Mother's Day) broadcast.
Join host Michael Feinstein this month on Song Travels for a variety of original music and interesting conversation with guests: Emily King, Jitterbug Vipers, Kate Edmonson, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Madeline Peyroux.