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2020 Focus Festival, Trailblazers: Pioneering Women Composers of the 20th Century


Juilliard School / New York / Music

Unjustly neglected? Judge for yourself as unsung talents like Elisabeth Luytens, Grażyna Bacewicz, and Ursula Mamlok get a shot beside their not-quite-forgotten sisters Ethyl Smyth and Betsy Jolas, the dimly remembered Thea Musgrave and Ruth Crawford-Seeger, and the certified crackpot genius Sofia Gubaidulina, still with us in her high 80s. Nor must we forget Jacqueline Fontyn, who premieres a new work on the opening program. Gubaidulina’s senior by a year, Fontyn bears the title of baroness, bestowed by the King of the Belgians for lifetime achievement as a composer and educator. —M.G.

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