International Women’s Day: Lucrezia Borgia’s Daughter

It’s International Women’s Day! To celebrate, we’re featuring the latest release by our sister label, Obsidian Records. Lucrezia Borgia’s Daughter: Princess, Nun and Musician features never-before-heard music which recent research suggests may have been composed by the daughter of Lucrezia Borgia. This was music composed for and by women; Eleanora d’Este, a daughter of the

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Bach and the organ at Easter

JS Bach and music for Easter have become almost synonymous. At this time of year, concert halls everywhere echo with Bach’s Easter Oratorio and his two stunning settings of Christ’s Passion. This year, Bach’s birthday (21st March) also falls in Holy Week. Even Bach’s works which are not nominally intended to celebrate Easter are full of a

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Women composers through the ages

The month of March is designated Women’s History Month and also plays host to Mothering Sunday and International Women’s Day. At The Gift of Music, we’re all for celebrating wonderful women, and we’ve put together a list of female composers from the medieval era to the present day. Women composers have often been sidelined by

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