No need to start searching for this CD by the Clara Wieck Trio. It was produced in 1990, at Sandhausen; with Rudolf Bayer as producer. I bought it slightly later, at the annual Utrecht Early Music Festival.
Fanny Mendelssohn’s music was – dare one say ‘of course’ – not played during this literary evening. A few compositions by her brother were – dare one add ‘of course’. Regardless; this literary evening during which cellists and music took center-stage, was of course a huge success.
Inspired by Thea Derks’ short lecture on women composers, I searched for books on female composers. Turned out what was available at the library, had already been banned to the ‘open storage’. Shelved on a floor, from which the next step is being sold, given away, destroyed, for ever obliterated.
The only exception: ‘Liebste Fenchel!’, a German novel by Peter Härtling.
Girl in the Spotlight? Other women continue to be overlooked. At The Hague’s recent ‘Februari Festival‘, two female musicians still had to share the spotlight with brother, husband. The festival’s theme: brother and sister Mendelssohn; husband and wife Schumann.
The Mauritshuis Museum is one of many museums, now organizing special evening events. Other Dutch museums include the Amsterdam van Gogh Museum. My favourite museums in Belgium, France and Great Britain also host similar events, so make sure you keep an eye on your favorite museum’s website to join the fun.
When news started to buzz, there would be a “Wiener Café” – or rather Wiener Kaffeehaus – evening at Branoul, free tickets for the pay-what-you-want performance sold out in no time. Friends, leaving it till too late, were disappointed. Their only option was, to try get tickets for the performance at an Amsterdam theater, a day later.
The volunteers had locked the door and were struggling with the Early Music Festival banner. It kept folding, rolling tight and likely with a sharp, nasty snap. The public waited patiently and looked on. We were locked out, but the glass wall gave us a view of the struggle. Members of Silva Norvegica and instruments turned up, each time having to knock on the door to be allowed in.
KuuB’s owner Mr. Jaap Roëll, introduced Scottish ensemble “Hesperi”. Their fringe concert took place in his art gallery. Tickets for this concert had completely sold out. Even extra seats provided by volunteers and the owner for people without tickets queuing to attend, were not enough to seat all! The last few people without tickets had to be turned away – and sadly, they missed a wonderful fringe concert. A truly fabulous concert!
Yippee! Yummy! The Fringe Schedule of this year’s Early Music Festival in Utrecht is online!
It was a cold evening, but as usual, the welcome was warm. So after showing our tickets and obtaining programs, my friends and I quickly found seats. I was especially looking forward to this performance, as the recital would be of works by my favorite poetess.