Women Composers
Here you can find all information about our women composers: biographies, lists of their compositions and photos.
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Emma Wooge
* 02.04.1857 in Hamburg
† 13.04.1935
There are little informations about the life of Emma Wooge. She was born in Hamburg, April the 2nd 1857, and died in Berlin, April the 13th 1935. Her musician teachers were Eduard Behm and Richard J. Eichberg. From 1880 to 1882 she had an engagement as mezzo-soprano at the Hamburger Staatstheater. Since 1883 she sang at Darmstadt, afterwards Wooge was a member of the ensemble of the Staatstheater at Leipzig. She removed to Berlin, where she began a teaching career and was very successful. Wooge composed duets and songs for voice and piano and also some sacred works.
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Compositions:

Christmas Carols by Women Composers Vol. 2

Bettine von Arnim
* 04.04.1785 in Frankfurt a. M
† 20.01.1859 in Berlin
The daughter of a French mother and an Italian father, Bettine Brentano, a German poet, composer, singer and sculptor was one of the most versatile and flamboyant figures of the early 19th century. She received training in piano, singing and composition. Her style is very much improvisational. One of her co-students, Alois Bihler, seemed to be able to understand her musical thoughts perfectly well and was able to meet her with just the right chord during improvisation. Due to the colour of her voice she would have performed male roles – a remnant of the baroque period.
In her personal appearance she refused to be the ideal feminine. She was close friends with many of the leading figures in the world of politics and the arts, a close friend and great admirer of Beethoven; Johanna Kinkel, Robert and Clara Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Franz Liszt and Joseph Joachim were among her closest friends. She was in close correspondence with Goethe and the Brothers Grimm belonged to the family circle. Brentano’s collections of letters, written in a fresh and direct style, provide a vivid picture of her life, the personalities and attitudes of her time. Bettine broke the restrictions that were usually allocated to women in the same way as she transgressed the rules of composition, but therefore gained a much more encompassing intellectual space for herself. She felt greatly drawn to the harmonic language of Liszt. Her versatility, intellect and enthusiasm reveal one of the most accomplished women of German Romanticism.

Compositions:

Annäherung VII - an sieben Komponistinnen
Lieder on Goethe Texts.
Lieder und Duette. 23 Lieder und Duette für mittlere Stimmlage und Klavier.
Inspired by Goethe. Songs by women composers of the 18.th and 19.th Centuries
Christmas Carols by Women Composers Vol. 4

Memorial days

Emma Wooge
* 02.04.1857 in Hamburg
† 13.04.1935
There are little informations about the life of Emma Wooge. She was born in Hamburg, April the 2nd 1857, and died in Berlin, April the 13th 1935. Her musician teachers were Eduard Behm and Richard J. Eichberg. From 1880 to 1882 she had an engagement as mezzo-soprano at the Hamburger Staatstheater. Since 1883 she sang at Darmstadt, afterwards Wooge was a member of the ensemble of the Staatstheater at Leipzig. She removed to Berlin, where she began a teaching career and was very successful. Wooge composed duets and songs for voice and piano and also some sacred works.
No description available!

Compositions:

Christmas Carols by Women Composers Vol. 2

Pauline Duchambge

† 23.04.1858 in Paris
French composer, singer, and poet Charlotte Antoinette Pauline Duchambge, née de Montet, was born and baptised in Strasbourg in 1776. Often Martinique is given as her birth place, which seems to be wrong.
After her education in a convent in Paris she married Baron Philibert Duchambge at the age of twenty, but divorced shortly afterwards. She studied with Léopold-Bastien Desormery, 11 Jan Ladislav Dussek, Luigi Cherubini and Daniel Auber, whose companion she was. In 1815 she entered into a lifelong friendship with poet Marceline Desbordes-Valmore (1786–1859). Pauline Duchambge published numerous songs between 1816 and 1840, many of them with words by Marceline Desbordes-Valmore. Contemporary reviews approve her musical talent, and her compositions were popular at the time, even if they are nearly forgotten nowadays. Pauline Duchambge died April 23rd 1858 in Paris.

Compositions:

L‘amour et le printemps. Songs around 1800


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