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MUSICA FEMINA – AN ARTISTIC SPACE
We are prod to announce that EU Creative Europe Programme of the European Union will support our project MusicaFemina - Women-made Music for the next two years!
The main focus of the project MusicaFemina – Women-made Music is on national mobility, creating accessibility and publicity of women’s composing through the ages by performances, exhibitions, lectures and a publication. To reach the aim of a balanced gender-mainstreamed music scene in Europe a variety of audiences is addressed. The audiences of museums, film, concerts, students of universities and the international tourism, visiting the places of the exhibition throughout Europe are invited to broaden their knowledge of women’s composers. The main partners of the project, Budapest, Ljubljana, Vienna and are strongly connected to all institutions of the European music scene and provide access to all running European female composing projects. MusicaFemina – Women-made Music fulfils the wish for a balanced music life and brings joy to the audience by opening widely shadowed wealth of female composing.
Through a historical and thematic perspective, MusicaFemina artfully highlights the substantial contribution women have made to the field of composition. Clarisse Maylunas, stage and costume designer, and Irene Suchy, musicologist and author, have conceived here, in this Exhibition of theirs, its presentation within a sequence of stage-like spaces. Visitors are given the opportunity not only to hear but also, on an empirical level, to experience the broad range of music composed by females through the ages whilst, at the same time, learning about the circumstances in which composing was possible but sometimes rendered impossible for women.
The stage-like rooms recall the worlds of the composers; one evoking the sense of kneeling on a medieval church bench, the next, standing on a baroque stage, another, reclining on a chaise longue in a nineteenth-century salon, one, walking on the crushed scores of proscribed music, another, sitting in a film studio listening to film music, and so on … within each, examples of the music composed in these places being able to be heard and enjoyed through the headphones provided. The historical perspective is provided by staves which stretch along through the whole, extended length of the Exhibition. They carry the portraits of one hundred female composers prominent in world history. This timeline highlights two significant, relevant dates: 1918, the year in which women widely secured equal rights and suffrage, an event which in its turn opened the way to for female composers, publicly at last, to participate in music life; and 1938, when the freedom of women composers was curtailed in many ways.
Then too, contemporary music is to be found in open spaces, unlimited and free. Here, live musicians will share platforms, presenting the work of female composers. Sound-artist Ulla Rauter has created a Schönbrunn Soundscape, which interprets the facade of the Schloss into music. Diametrically-opposed to the historical perspective is the thematic one, where nine sound-sculptures feature, each representing one of the muses, destined from within to reveal their personal stories.
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