Women composers A-Z
Maria Hester Park
* 29.09.1760 † 07.06.1813 in Hampstead/GB
Maria Hester Park was a British pianist, harpsichordist, teacher and composer. Not much is known about her life, though she was one of the most prolific of 18th century women composers. Before her marriage, Maria Hester Park gave four well-received performances, mostly in the Oxford area, on both the piano and the harpsichord. Her first public appearance was at the age of twenty-two as Maria Hester Reynolds in the Hanover Square concert series with a concerto on the harpsichord.
After her marriage in London in April of 1787 to Thomas Park, an engraver turned antiquarian and man of letters, she ended her career as a performer, although she earned even more fame as composer and teacher. Her marriage appears to have been happy; several of her husband’s love poems to her still exist. She corresponded with Joseph Haydn, who, on October 22, 1794, sent her a sonata of his composition (Hob. XVI:51) and a thank you letter in exchange for two of her pieces. She died in Hampstead, London at the age of 53, after many years of ill health, and left four daughters. Among her extant works are a charming Piano Concerto and several sonatas, for piano, and for violin and piano. Her works are varied, competent, and professionally arranged and her surviving music spans a quarter of a century.


pian é forte. Music for piano

Mrs. Philarmonica
* 1715
A set of 12 trio sonatas for two violins was published under the pseudonym Mrs. Philarmonica by Richard Meares in London about 1715: Parte Prima: Six Sonate a due violini col violoncello obligato e violone o cimbalo and Parte seconda: Six Divertimenti da camera a due violini, violoncello o cimbalo.
The imprint on the title Imprim per R. Meares a l’enseigne de la Base Viole Dor dans le Cometeire de St. Paul. - T.Cross Sculpsit refers to the publisher Meares, who also worked as a viola da gamba teacher at the school of St. Paul. The person behind the pseudonym Mrs. Philarmonic was probably a female composer with a good scholastic training, as a man composing incognito in the early 18th century is more likely to have chosen a masculine pseudonym in order to be sure of finding a publisher and recognition. The social conventions of the time made it considerably more difficult for a female composer to find a publisher, unless she was a woman of means and a member of the upper class. While showing the influence of Arcangelo Corelli, they are written in an individual and often witty style. The six trio sonatas, parte prima, are of particular musical interest due to the virtuosity in the two upper parts and the employment of a cello obbligato that detaches itself perceptibly from the figured bass part in the allegro movements. The source upon which this new edition is based can be found in the British Library in London under the shelfmark g.1032 and contains both the existing divertimenti and sonatas. The sonatas may also be performed on other instruments (recorders, flute, oboe), as was common practice among other composers of the period. Not only the harpsichord, but also a positive organ, a cello or a bassoon, a theorbo and a violin/double bass (particularly recommendable to reinforce the figured bass in the prima parte) can be used to play the figured bass part. The facsimile print is in good legible condition with frequent phrasing and trill instructions and precise figuring and contains few errors. The articulations and trill marks have been reproduced as in the original. The editor has only added phrasing suggestions at the beginning of the individual movements which should be adopted by all the parts, if need be. It has been left to the individual performer to add ornaments and trills in period style.


Triosonaten Vol I: Sonates
Triosonaten Vol II: Divertimenti da camera

Sibylle Pomorin
* 16.02.1956 in Altoberndorf
Sibylle Pomorin was born on february 16, 1956 in Altoberndorf in the southern part of Germany. She studied flute and saxophone from 1975 to 1980 at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Münster/ Westfalen. At the same time she played in several chamber music ensembles and jazz-groups. For these groups she also composed.
From 1983 she toured with numerous musicians: Peter Brötzmann, Joëlle Léandre, William Parker, Yosuke Yamashita, Chris Cutler, Conny Bauer and others. In 1984-1985 she studied composition with Ernst Bechert in Hamburg and attended several workshops held by Dieter Schnebel, John Tchicai, Alice Shields and Eliane Radigue. She founded ensembles and bands, her works were performed by herself and highstanding instrumentalists in Europe and Israel, the United States and Argentinia. Since 1986 she lives and works as a freelance musician and composer in Berlin. Sibylle Pomorin earned many prices and awards and many of her works were commissioned for festivals, radio stations and theatres. She was invited as composer in residence to the US, Turkey and Mexiko. The focus of her compositional output is chamber music, electroacustic works and radio plays. She published seven records and discs and was represented in a film portrait ("Neue Töne aus Berlin" of Carla Kilian, Bayerischer Rundfunk, March 1992). During a longer stay in Istanbul she worked intensely on traditional oriental music and the instruments Ûd, Kanun and Tanbur. For the piece Prayer for the Sun Before Travelling she received the first price at the international composers competition "Soundscapes voor 2000" in Holland.

Foto: © Georg Hornung


25 plus piano solo. 27 works by contemporary women composers
Annäherung XI
Istanbuler Kompositionen
Istanbuler Kompositionen
Christmas Carols by women composers vol. 1
pian é forte. Music for piano

Elizabeth Poston
* 1905 † 1987
This English composer, writer and pianist received her musical education at the RAM and on the Continent. She also studied the piano with Harold Samuel and the organ with Stanley Marchant. Later in her career she received support from Vaughan Williams. In 1925 she emerged as a composer when seven of her songs were published. Her first work to be broadcast from the BBC was an RAM prize-winning Violin Sonata. From 1930–1939 most of her time was spent abroad and among other studies she collected folksong. Poston distinguished herself in a wide field of musical activities. She produced many important scores for radio productions and outstanding film scores.
Although her output was modest, Poston evolved a personal style which derived from the neo-classical tradition and laid great emphasis on clean craftsmanship and melodic fluency. She won particular respect as the editor of folksong, carol and hymn collections.


Christmas Carols by Women Composers Vol. 3

Tatjana Prelevic
* 17.09.1963 in Titograd (heute Podgorica, Montenegro)
Tatyana studied piano and composition at the Music Academy in Titograd with Konstantin Bogino and Vojin Komadina. Her concert exam she put on the University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover from (Prof. Bernd Goetzke). Since 1997, Tatjana Prelevic is lecturer at the University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover.
Since 2003, she also teaches at the Summer School for Chamber Music in Bardou (France). She is involved in the claim of New Music in Hanover and in their homeland Montenegro. So she conceived 2010 in cooperation with the Hanoverian Society for New Music, the project “letters from home”, which was the presentation of music, art and literature of the former Yugoslavia to the goal. 2012 was followed the next project “Letters to the homeland”, the Siemens Foundation also invited. 2011, Tatjana Prelevic founded the ensemble “original factory”, which dedicates itself mainly performances of musical theater. Since 2012 she is a teacher at the University of Hildesheim, program “musik.welt - Cultural diversity in music education.” Prelevics compositional oeuvre includes works for solo, chamber and orchestral ensembles, as well as vocal music and stage works.


string quartet “„Mors certa, hora incerta“”

Gabriela Proy
* 25.02.1965 in Wien
Gabriela Proy wurde am 25.03.1965 in Wien geboren. Von 1983-1985 studierte sie Philosophie an der Universität Wien und von 1984-1987 Komposition an der Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien (Neumann, Urbanner). Von 1987-1992 absolvierte sie die InstrumentallehrerInnenausbildung für Gitarre an der Hochschule für Musik Wien (Hein, Schneider) und erhielt das Lehrbefähigungsdiplom mit einstimmiger Auszeichnung.
Seit 1988 beschäftigt sie sich mit graphischer Notation und aktueller Musik, gab eine Vielzahl von Konzerten, Performances, Ausstellungen und Installationen. Sie nahm an verschiedenen Meisterkursen, Symposien und Tagungen teil, u.a. am 'Kärntner Meisterkurs der IGNM für Aktuelle Musik' und am 'Open-Circuit', ein Round Table zu Kunst und Mediensystemen in der Steiermark. Seit 1992 studiert Gabriela Proy Elektroakustik und Experimentelle Musik an der Hochschule für Musik Wien (Kaufmann, Ungvary).


Annäherung VI - an sieben Komponistinnen