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CapRadio Classical and Jazz is celebrating women in music all month long by featuring a different classical composer every weekday. Today's spotlight is on British-born composer and violist Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979).
Rebecca Clarke began her musical studies by learning how to play the violin at a young age.
While at the Royal College of Music, Clarke's composition teacher Charles Villiers Stanford encouraged her to switch to the viola, saying the instrument would put her in the "middle of the sound."
Clarke joined the Queen's Hall Orchestra in 1913 making her one of the first regular female members of a professional orchestra in London.
Clarke composed her Viola Sonata in 1919 during a tour of the United States gaining support from Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, the same woman who commissioned Aaron Copland's famous ballet "Appalachian Spring."
Rebecca Clarke died in 1979 and would not live to hear any commercial recordings of her music, the first of which was released in 1980.
Also today: Since childhood, Claude Debussy had a fascination with the sea. For his three symphonic sketches collectively titled “La Mer” [The Sea], he took inspiration from literature and art including the iconic woodblock print from about 1830 by Japanese artist Hokusai, “The Great Wave off Kanagawa,” which Debussy requested to be printed on the cover of the published music and which he had a framed print of in his home. Hear Debussy’s impressionistic evocation of the sea at different times of day, the play of the waves and their interaction with the wind in “La Mer,” today’s Midday Masterpiece.
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