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Western Early Keyboard Association Workshop

A Sonata Sampler: Music by 18th c. Women Composers with Dr. Barbara Baird, harpsichord

In the 18th century it was expected that cultured, educated middle- and upper-class girls in Western Europe would be able to sing and/or play their own music. The most talented of these young women performed in semi-public venues (at court or in salons) and were highly praised by their contemporaries. In places of more liberal attitudes toward women, a few were allowed to publish their music, and even continue their performing careers into adulthood. This recital shares a sampling of the harpsichord works of 18thc. women composers from France, Scotland, Italy, England, and Vienna:

Madame de Villeblanche (French)
Sophia Dussek (Scottish)
Maria Hester Park (English)
Maria Teresa D’Agnesi Pinottini (Italian)
Maria D’Auenbrugg (Viennese)
Marianna Martinez (Viennese)

DR. BARBARA BAIRD has been a member of the University of Oregon music faculty since 1989, teaching organ, harpsichord, and piano. An active recitalist since 1971, Dr. Baird has performed throughout the United States as well as Argentina, Brazil, Europe and Australia. A frequent adjudicator and clinician, she regularly conducts workshops and master classes for keyboardistsparticularly on Baroque and Classic Period Performance. Dr. Baird has been a presenter and recitalist at both national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists, for several chapters of the American Guild of Organists, the Oregon Bach Festival, the Organ Historical Society, for piano teachers’ guilds in the United States and Australia, for the Southeastern Historic Keyboard Society, and the Historic Keyboard Society. She is particularly known for her presentations on organ manual and pedal techniques for beginning organists.

NOTE: Attendees will have the opportunity to play some of the instruments in the Reed Early Keyboard Collection, as well as the recital instrument.

Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Performing Arts Building, PAB 320 - Music Rehearsal Room
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

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