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June 14, 2014 — Prelude, Allegro, and Pastorale featured at Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival.

July 1st, 2014- Antoine Tamestit and Roger Vignoles will play Rebecca Clarke’s Sonata for Viola and Piano at the Wigmore Hall in London, a distinguished venue that Clarke herself performed in.

July 22 & 23, 2014 — Performances of Clarke’s Piano Trio in Finland, by The Backman Trio!   

May 17th, 2014- The Hoddesdon Music Club will feature music by Rebecca Clarke in Broxbourne, England. Performed by Shiry Rashkovsky.

Listen to the archived broadcast of Rebecca Clarke’s recently published Nocturne for two violins and piano — from WQXR radio (Wed. Oct. 16, 2013).  This is from the Young Artists Showcase, programmed by Robert Sherman — the very same journalist who re-discovered Clarke as a composer in 1976, and interviewed her in broadcasts celebrating her 90th birthday!  Thus Mr. Sherman continues his important work in bringing Clarke and her music to light, in this case the Nocturne in its east coast premiere. The performers are Laura Bossert, violin.  Anya Shemetyeva, violin.  Robert Merfeld, piano.  A wonderful performance and amazing music!!!

Listen to latest performance of the ORCHESTRATED VIOLA SONATA!

 


Newsletter, January 2012 (PDF)

  • MORE Performances of the Sonata for Viola and Orchestra
  • A Conversation with Michael Beckerman

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  • Clarke featured in China
  • Problems of Clarke’s estate examined in article

Newsletter, December 2007 (PDF)

  • Premiere of Orchestrated Sonata
  • Feb. 10, 2007: 2nd Performance announced
  • Clarke’s Recipe for Cheese Biscuits
  • Meet our Intern, Sam Choi
  • News Briefs

Newsletter, Winter 2006 (PDF)

  • Newly ORCHESTRATED Viola Sonata
  • Save the Date! June 8, 2007
  • Clarke’s Recipe for Corn Pudding
  • Sales Brisk!: A Rebecca Clarke Reader in paperback
  • Congratulations to Board Member Annie J. Randall
  • Ruth Lomon, composer and orchestrator

Newsletter, Fall 2004 (PDF)

  • Book on Clarke censored by her Estate Manager
  • Excerpts from the Chronicle of Higher Education Article
  • Review of “Shorter Pieces for Cello and Piano”

Newsletter, Fall 2003 (PDF)

  • When Virginia Woolf met Rebecca Clarke: Long Beach Opera
  • Two Composers awarded Rebecca Clarke Prize
  • Clarke Society receives grant from Chamber Music America

Newsletter, Spring 2003 (PDF)

  • Premiere of newly discovered pieces
  • Review of Choral CD by Richard Buell
  • New source for Ave Maria

Newsletter, Fall 2002 (PDF)

  • Remarkable Premieres — Complete Choral music performed
  • Clarke’s String Quartet “Poem” in World Premiere Recording
  • Mrs. Vaughan Williams supports Clarke Society
  • Eva Rieger reviews Daniela Kohnen’s book
  • The Clarke Viola CONCERTO
  • From our Readers and Members

Newsletter, Spring 2002 (PDF)

  • Boston Premiere of Choral Works
  • “Binnorie: A Ballad” performed at Atlanta
  • Focus on Board Member Ralph Locke
  • CD Review: “Midsummer Moon” shines on Rhapsody
  • “Remembering Beccle” by her niece Becky

Newsletter, Spring 2001 (PDF)

  • 1907-1909 Violin Sonatas Receive World Premiere
  • Clarke Presentations at Toronto Conference
  • ‘Combined Carols’ Brings Holiday cheer to Eastman
  • Letter from the President – Dr. Liane Curtis
  • FOCUS on RCS Board Member: Laura Macy
  • On the Founding of the Rebecca Clarke Society


Archived Events

April 28 and May 3, 2013 — ONE LITTLE WHIFF OF SUCCESS

Violist Mara Gearman will feature music by Rebecca Clarke in her recital of April 13, 2014 in Seattle, WA.

Violist Leslie Perna will be playing an all-Clarke recital on January 27, 2014 at the University of Missouri (where she is viola professor). The concert will include Passacaglia, Chinese Puzzle, Untitled, Prelude, Allegro, and Pastorale for Viola/Clarinet; Lullaby and the monumental Sonata of 1919!

Flagstaff Symphony performs the Clarke Sonata for Viola and Orchestra (Ruth Lomon orchestration), Friday Jan. 17, 2014.  Viola Soloist: Jacquelyn Schwandt. Conductor: Elizabeth Schulze.

Music by Clarke, Beth Denisch, and Toni Lester, Waltham, MA, Dec. 15.  Learn more.   The pieces by Clarke are regional premieres of “Combined Carols” for String Quartet, and “Daybreak” for String Quartet and voice.

Boston area: Complete Choral Works featured Oct. 5 & 6, 2013!!

Columbia, SC: Oct. 6, Violin Sonata in D Major 

The Viola Sonata (for Viola and Chamber Orchestra) will be performed Feb. 18 and 19 by the North State Symphony (northern California)!!  Melissa Matson will be the soloist.

Oct. 20 and 22, 2006 — Boston Chamber Music Society performs Clarke’s viola Sonata
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She wrote it in 1919 — which orchestra will play the premiere?
Viola Sonata orchestration by Ruth Lomon now available for performance.
Rebecca Clarke’s Viola Sonata caused a sensation when it tied for first place in a 1919 chamber music competition. Although an immediate success, the Sonata gradually disappeared from the repertoire, and Clarke was long forgotten. Since the rediscovery of the Sonata in 1976, it has become (according to some noted violists) the most frequently performed large work for viola and piano.
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More newly discovered music by Rebecca Clarke
presentation by Liane Curtis, at the Royal Musical Association, Annual Conference.
Manchester, Great Britain, 4-6 November 2005.
“2003 brought a revelation of five works by Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979) that were not previously known to exist. Three movements for two violins and piano (presumably a Suite), and a monumental Theme and Variations for solo piano were premiered in London on March 23. A fourth movement of the Suite survives incomplete. Two of the works are mentioned in Clarke’s unpublished memoir (1967-1970), dating them from her period at the Royal College of Music, 1908-09, when she studied with Charles Stanford.”

Silencing Music as a Function of Copyright Law?
The Case of Rebecca Clarke

a presentation by Liane Curtis
In June 2004, the first book about composer Rebecca Clarke was withdrawn by its publisher as a response to legal threats from the current manager of Clarke’s estate. In light of this, author and musicologist Liane Curtis discusses some artistic and scholarly issues raised by the use of copyright law for purposes of censorship.
At Brandeis University, Jan. 27, 2005 The Women’s Studies Research Center
At the Peabody Institute, Feb. 2,2005 Peabody Musicology Colloquium