Female composers: A woman’s touch

Sofia Gubaidulina

Quartets written by women are too often overlooked by today’s performers, argues Ian Lawrence. In celebration of International Women’s Day (March 2011), he recommends an array of works to hear and play from a repertoire spanning three centuries

Have you ever wondered why, when so many present-day quartets have women players, that so few of them perform works by women composers?  And even though there have been many first performances of works by women, how many receive crucial second performances? The repertoire of quartets composed by women does not just consist of music from the last century…

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