Dr Anna Beer will be exploring the lives and works of a handful of ground-breaking female composers, arguing that the most important factor to their success in their own time (however circumscribed that success might have been) was the exceptional community in which each woman worked. Exploring these vanished creative communities, most notably in Florence and Venice, she will be asking some tough questions about the place of women in our current arts world, about community, and about Italy and its cultural identity today.
Anna Beer, a Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford is an author and educator with a distinguished record of both popular and scholarly publication in the fields of history, literature and the arts. Her 2016 celebration and exploration of the achievements of female composers through the centuries ‘Sounds and Sweet Airs: the Forgotten Women of Classical Music’ – which brought together her twin passions for music and women’s history – has been making waves in the arts world since its publication. She continues to work with musicians and programmers to bring this neglected repertoire to musical life.
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