Nancy B. Reich: “Rebecca Clarke: An Uncommon Woman”

The influential musicologist and supportive friend Dr. Nancy B Reich passed away earlier this year. She received this illuminating obituary in the New York Times, and her daughter Susanna Reich suggested that donations in her mother’s honor could be made to Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy.  Today, on the 133rd anniversary of Rebecca Clarke’s birth, we are celebrating both Clarke and Dr. Reich by reprinting (in PDF form) the article “Rebecca Clarke: An Uncommon Woman,” which was originally published in 1993, and which was reprinted in A Rebecca Clarke Reader in 2004.

This is the brief introduction to the section that includes Dr. Reich’s chapter.  And here  is Rebecca Clarke: An Uncommon Woman by Nancy B. Reich.

Learn more about A Rebecca Clarke Reader here.


Article Celebrates the Centennial of the Viola Sonata

A new article by violist David Bynog details the exciting events of 100 years ago!

One hundred years ago, during the weekend of August 23–24, 1919, six men gathered …in Pittsfield, Massachusetts… to select the winner of the Second Berkshire Festival Competition, devoted to compositions for viola and piano. The outcome from their deliberations was so momentous that it still resonates a century later.

“The Year of Rebecca Clarke!”

Many concerts and projects are celebrating 2019 as “The Year of Rebecca Clarke” — the 100th anniversary of her remarkable Viola Sonata!  We hope you will join us in supporting this all-Clarke CD project in Poland —



Clarke Sonata at 100 Celebration at Library of Congress

#Declassified This Weekend: Rebecca Clarke and her Viola Sonata at 100

Saturday, March 2, 2019 — 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST  The event is free, but tickets are required, more info here

Rebecca Clarke’s Sonata for Viola and Piano was composed 100 years ago and was premiered at Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge’s Chamber Music Festival in September 1919. The Library of Congress (which holds Clarke’s manuscript score of the work) celebrates the centenary with a presentation by Cait Miller, (LC Music Division), and a performance of the work by Katherine Murdock, viola and Audrey Andrist, piano.


Welcome to our Blog!

Dear Readers and supporters!

In olden times, we were pretty good about getting out our newsletter regularly. Now things seem to happen so fast that we are focused on what’s going on right now, rather collecting articles in a  newsletter. And, yes, we do social media (Facebook).  So in particular for those of you who don’t turn to Facebook, we are starting this blog as a place to highlight current events and concerts including Rebecca Clarke’s music or other relevant content.

Please do write us with news items, or ideas for stories – and of course we always welcome guest bloggers!

And now!  Our first announcement: We received news of a wonderful concert that will take place in Paris, France, on Oct. 18.  The mezzo-soprano Lucie Louvrier writes us with her plans of a recital featuring songs by Clarke, Alma Mahler, and Lili Boulanger.

Performing with pianist Anna Guyénot, the recital will take place at the American Cathedral in (23 avenue George V, 75008 Paris, France), at 4 pm, and is free of charge.  Louvrier discovered Clarke’s music when completing her MMus in Vocal Performance at Birmingham Conservatoire, and she is happy now to share these English songs with French audiences.  

Lucie explains:

In building this programme we wanted to perform music by several European women composers of the same era, to put each of them in perspective and show three different female artists’ fates of that time, whose musical languages are truly unique yet bare some similarities. … We would be very happy for our recital to contribute to Rebecca Clarke’s music being more widely known, especially in France where the English song repertoire in general is so rarely performed.