Local emerging early music ensemble Musica Spira presents Forth From Her Pen: Music by 17th-Century Italian Women.
Women have been actively involved in the process of music-making as performers and composers since antiquity, although their contributions have often been overshadowed in our historical narratives. Seventeenth-century Italy, in particular, was home to a number of women whose musical works would come to define the most important genres of the Baroque period.
Musica Spira’s program features music by four women who excelled as professional musicians in a variety of settings. Isabella Leonarda and Lucrezia Vizzana spent their lives in convents composing sacred motets and sonatas for their fellow sisters. Francesca Caccini was the highest-paid musician at the Medici court and the first woman to write a fully-staged musical dramatic work. Barbara Strozzi was one of the most prolific composers of her time, publishing eight volumes of cantatas that she performed in her father’s private salon.
Paula Maust, Grace Srinivasan, Amy Domigues, Crossley Hawn