Story | Mar 3, 2015 | 8:51 AM
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Story | Mar 17, 2015 | 5:21 PMThe Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s “journalist-in-residence,” Ricky O’Bannon, published a pretty interesting database on the BSO’s website a few months ago. He gathered the classical programs for the 2014-2015 season for 21 of the country’s largest symphony orchestras and entered data for each song performed into a huge spreadsheet so that it can be sorted by the composer’s name, the composer’s gender, and the composition date, among other things. It’s pretty fun to play around in, though there’s one depressing bit of information that becomes almost immediately obvious: The composers whose works major orchestras perform are overwhelmingly male. Out of the 1,849 songs that O’Bannon has on his spreadsheet, only 36 of them were composed (or co-composed) by a woman. That’s a little under 2 percent. And of those 36 women, none of them are black. The BSO just announced its calendar for the upcoming centennial season, which will feature nine living woman composers—a comparatively high number, considering that the BSO only performed two pieces by women this season—but still, none of them are black. Given that it’s Women’s History Month and last month was Black History Month, it seems fitting to pay tribute to an African-American woman who composed and taught music.
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