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Female Composers: Time for a Musical ‘Woman’s Hour’?

Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina at the piano Recently, when BBC Radio 3 devoted itself to playing music by female composers to celebrate International Women’s Day, the response was not unanimously positive. As one presenter, Clemency Burton-Hill, related on Twitter: @clemencybh: I'm getting emails (from men) saying that men will feel 'disenfranchised' by fact @bbcradio3's playing only women composers The absurdity of criticising Radio 3 (or anyone else for that matter) for promoting music written by women almost doesn’t need explaining. However, for those new to the topic, the following should give you idea of the gender disparity in this particular field: when the leading classical music

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