The search for Mrs Bach

An excellent piece by Alex Ross on the New Yorker’s website that looks at a couple of topics I’ve addressed in recent days: the proposition that J.S. Bach’s wife wrote the cello suites, and the dearth of female composers in productions by prominent musical organizations.

He sums it up beautifully:

A classical-music world dominated by the past will, inevitably, be one dominated by men. Instead of trying to invent a female Bach in prior centuries, let’s seek her in the present.

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