Out of the Shadows

Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Chantez, dansez jeunes bergères

The Vache Baroque Festival, which takes place this year from 2 to 4 September 2022, has launched a new video series celebrating the work of women composers of the Baroque era. The videos will feature performances of music by the English composer (and wife of a baronet) Lady Mary Dering (1629-1704) who studied with Henry Lawes, the Italian composer Lucia Quinciani (c1566, fl 1611) the earliest known published female composer of monody, the Italian composer Francesca Caccini (1587-1641), daughter of a composer, she worked at the Florentine court and wrote the oldest surviving opera by a woman, French composer Julie Pinel (1710-1737), born into a family of composers and who published a collection of songs, English composere Elisabetta de Gambarini (1730-1765), born in England to Italian aristocratic parents, she may have studied with Geminiani, and Chiara Margarita Cozzolani (1602-1676/78), a cloistered nun who wrote music for her convent.

The first video appeared [on YouTube] on Sunday 22 May 2022, soprano Hilary Cronin (winner of the 2021 International Handel Singing Competition) accompanied by Asako Ogawa on harpsichord and Jenny Bullock on viol in Julie Pinel's Chantez, dansez jeunes bergères, and there will be a new video every fortnight until 31 July.

See the festival's YouTube channel for future videos.

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