The Forgotten Women of Classical Music

25 April 2016

Visiting Fellow Anna Beer’s new book, Sounds and Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music, has been published by OneWorld.

The book reveals the hidden stories of eight female composers, taking the reader on a journey from seventeenth-century Medici Florence to London in the Blitz.

Revealing not just the lives and works of eight artists, Anna Beer also asks tough questions about the silencing of their legacy, which continues to this day. Why do we still not hear masterpieces such as Hensel’s piano work ‘The Year’, Caccini’s arias and Boulanger’s setting of Psalm 130?

A celebration of neglected virtuosos, Sounds and Sweet Airs presents a complex and inspirational picture of artistic endeavour and achievement that deserves to be part of our cultural heritage.

Join Anna Beer in New York on Wednesday 1st June as she will be giving a talk to Kellogg alumni and friends. Find out more.

Read the review published in The Observer

Listen to an interview with Anna Beer on BBC Radio 6 Music with Cerys Matthews. Listen here.