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Bacewicz, Tailleferre and Mayer

Members of the philharmonic perform works by female pioneers.

Emilie Mayer was often called the female Beethoven. Her powerful Faust Overture for orchestra was performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra along with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 during the spring orchestral festival, Ladies versus Beethoven. But here, we will encounter the chamber music of Emilie Mayer via the expressive, melodically rich String Quartet in G Minor.

French chamber music often has a special nuance, which we will hear in music by Germaine Tailleferre. She was a member of Les Six, a loosely formed group of six composers in France in the 1920s who reacted against Impressionist and late-Romantic music. Her Partita for piano is playful and light, like a kite in the wind, as is her melodically imaginative String Quartet.

The Piano Quintet by Polish Grażyna Bacewicz is denser and more explosive, and she was actually uniquely successful as a female composer already in her lifetime. She graduated with a degree in violin performance and composition from the conservatory in Warsaw and combined composing with her life as a touring soloist. Neoclassical music is rhythmically oriented and striking, and often just as beautiful, with shimmering, magical sounds.

  • The music

  • Emilie Mayer String quartet No. 1 in g minor
  • Germaine Tailleferre Partita for piano
  • Germaine Tailleferre String quartet
  • Grazyna Bacewicz Piano Quintet No. 1
  • Participants

  • Patrik Swedrup violin
  • Johannes Lörstad violin
  • Grop Mikael Sjögren viola
  • Mikael Sjögren cello
  • Stefan Lindgren piano
  • Published online 28 March 2021.
  • Filmed 27 March 2021.
  • The video is approximately one hour and 15 minutes.


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