Debbie Wiseman presents Classic FM’s brand new series, celebrating the music - and the lives - of some of the world's greatest female composers.
Sounds and Sweet Airs is presented by Classic FM’s Composer in Residence, Debbie Wiseman, and inspired by the book of the same name by the author and academic Anna Beer. Debbie reveals a treasure trove of music, lost for too long, by a variety of women who dared to compose in what was – and still is, in many ways – very much a man’s world.
Each woman featured in the series evaded, confronted or simply ignored the beliefs and practices that sought to exclude them from the world of composition. They made their choice, and took their chance, whether in the private, female sphere, or – more rarely – in the public, male-dominated world. Some did so despite subscribing to their society’s beliefs as to what they were capable of as a woman, how they should live as a woman and, crucially, whether they could (or could not) compose as a woman.
Classic FM’s Composer in Residence, Debbie Wiseman, presents the penultimate episode in our brand new series, exploring the lives – and the music – of some of the world’s finest female composers.
Tonight, Debbie celebrates courage in all its forms: whether keeping calm and carrying on in the darkest days of the Blitz, whistle-blowing a predatory colleague in the Medici court, or getting children out of a war zone. Because when things get tough, the tough gets going – and that’s true of all the composers on this week’s Sounds and Sweet Airs, a celebration of creativity against the odds.
Classic FM’s Composer in Residence, Debbie Wiseman, presents the final episode in our six-part series, celebrating the unsung female composers through the centuries whose music deserves to be more widely known.
Tonight, Debbie shares some wonderful music inspired by nature. There are depictions of birds, lotus flowers, woodlands, oceans and even a mermaid, with music by Amy Beach, Clara Schumann and Hildgard of Bingen. Plus, Debbie features something from her own work The Glorious Garden.