The BBC rewriting of history, inspired by George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, rumbles on. Our thanks to Mike P for this. An extract:
The BBC has announced the names of five “forgotten” women whose work they will now record and broadcast: Leokadiya Kashperova, Marianna Martines, Florence Price, Augusta Holmès, and Johanna Müller-Hermann.
In some cases, their pieces will be heard for the first time in a century; others will be played in public for the first time ever.
Alan Davey, controller of BBC Radio 3 and classical music, said it was “incredibly exciting” to “shine a light” on the composers, explaining:
“It means that we are not only expanding the canon of classical music, but also actually helping to redress its historic imbalance when it comes to gender and diversity. Can I talk off the record now? Thanks. Why has nobody ever heard of these women before? Because the quality of their work is bloody woeful compared with the work of the best male composers of their generations. But hey, this is the sort of crap you have to do to keep your job at the BBC these days, with the feminazis and manginas running everything. As I said, off the record, right?”