Baroque Era:

Pensaci ben mio core
Written by: Barbara Strozzi    

Performed by: Jole De Baerdemaeker, soprano

& Francesco Olivero, theorbo

During the baroque era, women were not allowed to work as professional musicians. However, Barbara Strozzi still received excellent musical training and later went on to publish some of her compositions. She was a gifted singer, so she wrote many pieces for voice like this one. Notice that the singer is accompanied by a special instrument called the theorbo. Instruments during the baroque era were different than instruments we have today.   

(Use worksheet 1worksheet 2)

​​​​Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel was the sister of famous composer Felix Mendelssohn.  Although both Fanny and her brother were talented pianists and composers, their father did not think it was proper for Fanny to have a career because she was a women. However, she still composed and performed often, and later married a man who encouraged her to keep composing. This piece is from a collection of pieces she wrote called “Songs Without Words.”  If this song did have words, what do you think it would be about? ​ (Use worksheet 1 & worksheet 2)

​​Welcome to our Lifelong Listening Center! 

In celebration of Women's History Month, this new set of listening materials is focused on female composers. We will look at examples of compositions by women from each of the time periods in music history, and also a piece by a living composer!

20th Century:

Trio, movement 1

Written by: Amy Beach    

Performed by: Emily Barkakati, violin,

Martin Torch-Ishii, cello,

Matthew Thompson, piano

Romantic Era:

Song without Words Op. 8 no. 2
Written By: Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel  

Performed by: Samantha Angstman, piano

21th Century:

Spring Dreams

Written by: Chen Yi

Performed by: Chanticleer



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Listening Worksheets

#1  Listen & Write

#2  Listen & Draw!

#3  Composer or Artist Facts

#4  Link Facts

#5  Free Page!

How to earn 
Listening Points...

Using the content in the Listening Center, complete the Listening Worksheets and

discuss your work with 

your instructor.  

Hand in your completed worksheets to the front desk.  

Each worksheet is worth 
10 points.   


Students will get 

completed worksheets 
back and achievements 
will be recognized at 
the annual recital.

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I be using?


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use with worksheet #3

Amy Beach

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel

Marianna Martines

Barbara Strozzi

Chen Yi​​​

Other Links:

use with worksheet #4

Women Composers of the Past

Contemporary Women Composers


Research on your own!

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​​Amy Beach was a New Englander! She grew up in New Hampshire and later moved to Boston.  She is also unique because she received all of her musical training here in the United States (many composers during her time went to Europe to study). Although Beach did have a career in music, she often ran into prejudice because she was a women. Nevertheless, people recognized her extreme talent and creativity. Her pieces were performed by major orchestras like the Boston Symphony and she was part of a group of prolific composers during her time called the “Boston Six”, of which she was the only women and the youngest. Beach was also a very talented pianist, although she rarely performed as an adult. Notice the elaborate piano part in this piece.  

(Use worksheet 1 & worksheet 2)

Marianna Martines never had a formal job in music (mostly because women could not during her time), but she was recognized during her lifetime as a talented harpsichord player, singer, and composer.  She also had some very famous friends such as Haydn, Mozart, and the Italian poet, Metastasio. She actually wrote the only symphony composed by a women during the classical era! In this piece you can see that she must have been a very accomplished keyboard player as well as composer.  

(Use worksheet 1 & worksheet 2)

​​Today, women are able to have careers in music alongside men. Chen Yi is a very successful composer who is still alive and working today. She studied in both China and the United States and loves to blend the traditions of Chinese music with western classical music. In this unique piece, she uses vocal sound effects to imitate nature sounds that you would hear in the springtime. Maybe if we listen to this enough it will soon start to feel like spring!     

(Use worksheet 1 & worksheet 2)

Classical Era:​

Piano Concerto in A major, movement 1
Written By: Marianna Martines

Performers: Judith Valerie Engel, piano

and Orchestra Students of Mozarteum Salzburg