The Score Collection: American Women in Music

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The Score Collection: American Women in Music

For Women's History Month, check out a score to practice at home

Celebrate Women’s History Month and discover DC Public Library’s music score collection to inspire your creative side! With over 10,000 circulating scores, DC Public Library card holders can explore musical genres from classical to contemporary, rock, pop, jazz and everything in between. We even have the flute parts for Lizzo’s album ‘Cause I Love You. In this post, discover other works by great female composers, available for checkout so you can practice at home. 

Black Women Composers: Twentieth Century Music for Piano and Strings
A collection from Hildegard Publishing of duets & trios for piano, violin and/or cello, celebrating the long tradition of great female composers. This volume includes works by composers Rachel Eubanks, Mary Watkins, Dolores White, Jeraldine Saunders Herbison (a local DMV music educator!), Zenobia Powell Perry, and Lettie Beckon Alston. 

Read more about these incredible women, and those featured in the next pick, on the
Hildegard website here

Art Songs by American Women Composers
This series of art song publications includes the volume Art Songs and Spirituals by African American Women Composers, edited by Vivian Taylor and featuring works by Margaret Bonds, Florence Price, Undine Moore, Betty Jackson King, Julia Perry and Vivian Taylor. 

Also available from this series of compositions by women composers is a set of Three Songs by Mary Howe, a longtime resident of Washington, DC, and one of the original founders of the National Symphony Orchestra. Want to play a piano duet with a friend over Zoom? Check out the arrangement of Howe’s orchestral pieces, Sand and Stars for two pianos by Mary Howe. Want to listen to the sounds of this local composer? Search "Mary Howe" in Freegal for unlimited streaming of the album, "The Music of Mary Howe". 

Learn more about the DC Public Library score collection & music resources here
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