A digital platform that introduces female geniuses in music from the past and the present


PARIS – From Francesca Caccini in the seventeenth century to young literature today … A digital platform that counts artworks from more than 700 composers to introduce artists has always been denied the appreciation they deserve in the interest of their male counterparts.
The platform was called “Ask Clara”, referring to Clara Schuman, the creative pianist, composer and wife of the famous author Robert Schuman.
This database was launched in June at the initiative of a team led by Claire Bodin, director of the “Feminine Feminine” festival devoted to musical literature from the past and the present.
“From a young age, we do not hear any musical works signed by literature, or we get so few of these works that they do not get stuck in memory,” Bodan told AFP.
And she says, “We have been taught since childhood the idea that musical genius is the creation of great male authors always, without ever questioning the outcome of the literature.”
This digital platform is funded by the Association of Authors, Composers and Music Producers (Sasim), and it has counted at least 4,662 works from the signature of 770 authors from 60 nationalities, from 1618 to 2020.
The site plans to include 4,000 additional works in the fall, among them pieces by Heidegaard von Bingen (1098-1179) who is a saint in the Catholic Church and one of the first known works.
Searches are performed on the platform by entering the name of the author, the title of the desired work, the instrument, the country or the era.
Among the earliest published works on the site are: Francesca Caccini, the first woman to write an operatic work, and Isabella Leonarda and Barbara Strutzi, one of the first professional books, as well as the French Elizabeth Jacques de la Gere.
The platform also includes a large number of literature from English-speaking countries, “and it is much more advanced in this area,” according to Bodan.


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