Organ Music by Women Composers before 1800
Gracia Baptista Conditor Alme • Caterina Assandra Ave verum corpus • Ego flos campi • Miss Steemson A Dirge for Funerals
Women have been composing organ music for at least five centuries. This volume contains some of the earliest known organ music by women composers, including Conditor Alme, written by a Spanish nun c. 1557. Caterina Assandra was an Italian nun active in the music scene near Milan in the early seventeenth century. Miss Steemson was a church organist in Lancaster, England; this processional was written around 1780. For a recording of the Steemson and Gracia Baptista see Gasparo CD 294.
VIV 303, 20 Pages, $14.95
a fine book of unusual and interesting music; kudos to both editor and publisher
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A Brief Bio of the Editor
Calvert Johnson is Professor of Music, College Organist and Chair of the Music Department at Agnes Scott College (Atlanta). He earned his doctorate in organ performance at Northwestern University where he studied with Karel Paukert. His bachelor's degree was earned at Kalamazoo College. Through the Fulbright-Hays program and a French Government Grant, he studied with Xavier Darasse at the Toulouse Conservatoire, where he was awarded the Premier Prix.
An active recitalist, he has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Mexico. Prominent concerts include the Piccolo Spoleto Festival of Charleston, SC; the Eighth International Organ Festival of Morelia, Mexico; Monaco Cathedral, St. Denis Basilica (Paris), the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC) representing the state of Arkansas during the Bicentennial year, and the College Music Society's national meetings in Sante Fe and Savannah. The Atlanta Journal and Constitution has called his playing "thoroughly invigorating" and impressive in "its rhythmic vitality." The Tulsa Tribune has praised his interesting and "highly imaginative" programming. Among his
Johnson's research interests include women composers and early keyboard music. He has recorded for Calcante Recordings and has edited volumes with Vivace Press, ClarNan Editions, and Wayne Leupold Editions. He is past President of the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society; he has served as Dean of the Atlanta and Tulsa chapters of the American Guild of Organists; and he chaired the performances committee of the AGO's national convention in 1992.
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