Female Composers of the Romantic Era:
The Male Composers stole the spotlight but the females were just as talented
When you hear about composers from the Romantic era or earlier, many people automatically assume that they are learning about a male, because they dominated the industry in an era where a woman’s place was not in the spotlight. Contrary to what many people believe, there are some extraordinarily talented female composers that called the Romantic era home, and it is high time that these exceedingly gifted composers take their rightful place in the spotlight. Here is a look at the lives and achievements of three brilliant female composers of the Romantic era.
One of the most famous female composers of the Romantic era was Josephine Lang. Born in 1815, Lang was born into a most musical family. Her mother was a soprano, her grandmother a coloratura soprano, her father a music director, and several aunts who each possessed musical ability. She was educated in Munich and composed many brilliant pieces of music. Some of her best works include “Erinnerung,” “Der Winter,” and “Herbst Gefuhl.”
Clara Wieck Schumann
Another exception female composer of the Romantic era is Clara Wieck Schumann. Born in 1819 to Friedrich Wieck, a piano company owner, and Marianne Tromlitz, a soprano vocalist, Clara Wieck Schumann had music flowing in her veins from birth. At a very young age, she was recognized by other famous composers as a tremendously gifted child prodigy. Some of her admirers include Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Nicolo Paganini and others. Some of her best works include “Nocturno, Op. 6, No. 2,” “Tre Romances, Op. 11,” and “Souvenir de Vienne, Op. 9.”
Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel
Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel has not received even a sliver of the praise she deserves as a composer of the Romantic era. Born in 1805, she is the sister of Felix Mendelssohn and showed outstanding musical skill and talent as a child prodigy. History lends the story that at the age of 13, Fanny played all 24 pieces from Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier” by memory alone. Fanny would grow into a tremendous composer of the age whose compositions resounded with passion and intensity. Some of her best works include “Trio in D Minor,” “Melodie, Op. 4 No. 2,” and “Aus Meinen Tranen.” [x]