Classic Dutch: Women Composers

This entry 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’ own Music Department. In each programme, presenter Hélène Michaud speaks with a guest conductor, composer or music performer.

In this programme, the guest is Helen Metselaer, 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. Metselaer explains why it is necessary to actively promote their work in the male-dominated world of music and acquaints us with the work of artists like Gertrude van den Bergh and contemporary Caroline Ansink.

Produced and presented by Hélène Michaud

This programme was broadcast on November 22, 2002.



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