Classic Dutch: Women composers

This programme is part of the series Classic Dutch
Gabriel Metsu – A Woman Composing Music,1662 (Mauritshuis,The Hague)

 “Classic Dutch” is a panorama of classical music, composed or performed in the Netherlands through the centuries. Most of the music in this series was selected from among the huge wealth of recordings made by Radio Netherlands’ Music Department. In each programme, presenter Hélène Michaud speaks with a guest conductor, composer or music performer.

In this programme, the guest is Helen Metzelaar, a founding member of the Dutch Women and Music Foundation, set up in the 1980’s to promote and improve interest in the work of the many forgotten but fantastic women composers of music in the Netherlands, like 18th century court lady Josina Van Boetzelaer. The foundation has collected lost scores around the world, from Michigan to Moscow. Metzelaar explains why it is necessary to actively promote their work in the male-dominated world of music and introduces us to the work of artists like Gertrude van den Bergh and her contemporary Caroline Ansink.

Producer: Hélène Michaud

Broadcast: November 22, 2002



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