From her Pen - celebrating the Baroque era's women composers
In 2018 the Academy of Ancient Music launched From Her Pen, an project to explore and reveal music written by female composers of the Baroque and Classical eras. Often overlooked – both in their own time as well as now – these composers wrote some superb music, and often had important and fascinating connections in the musical circles of the time.
From Her Pen sees these works performed in AAM’s live concerts around the UK and abroad and made available for listeners internationally in full-length audio and video content. There will also be additional written and video introductions to each of these composers, and in due course, we also look to publish the scores of these works in new, freely downloadable editions to facilitate further performance globally. AAM is grateful to the ABO Sirens Fund, the Ambache Charitable Trust, and the Academy of Ancient Music Strategic Recording Fund for enabling From Her Pen.
Composers whose works AAM have investigated so far include Maria Grimani (an Italian composre active in Vienna, about whom little is known), Anna Amalia (Duchess of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, who established a remarkable library and brought Goethe, Schiller and more to Weimar), Marianne Martines (who lived in the same building in Vienna as Porpora and Haydn, receiving lessons from both) and Maria Walpurgis (a German princess, composer, singer, harpsichordist and patron, whose music was praised by Charles Burney), and there are more to come. You can see some of the performance films here, and there are more yet to be released.