A Legacy of Women in Norwegian Music History

Beyond Grieg A Legacy of Women in Norwegian Music History from Vesterheim, Vol. 16, No. 2, 2018

Author Rachel Storie writes: Women musicians have been thriving around the world for centuries, contributing to the rich and vibrant cultural landscape that reflects both the domestic and public spheres. Academic study of women composers is a burgeoning facet of contemporary musicology, theory, and performance, reflected by trends in equality movements and fueled by society’s continued interest in, and hunger for, new repertoire. Yet many female composers are still unknown, underperformed, or neglected by today’s trained musicians and educators.

In an attempt to rectify the situation in a small way, this article focuses on the achievements of three Norwegian women composers: Agathe Backer-Grøndahl, Pauline Hall, and Anne-Marie Ørbeck, all of whom contributed to a rich Scandinavian musical repository that reminds even the most loyal of American Norwegians to embrace and celebrate the classical legacy beyond Edvard Grieg.

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Anne-Marie Ørbeck
Anne-Marie Ørbeck