The Baltimore Symphony’s annual survey of US orchestral repertoire never fails to throw up a depressing statistic or few.
Try this: almost one-fifth of the music performed is by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms.
Or this: Less than two percent of the music, 1.8% to be precise, is written by women.
All those women are presently alive. Dead women composers do not exist.
That rules out Bacewicz, Kapralova, Ustvolskaya (all three fascinating)…
… Any Beach, Ruth Seeger, Lizzie Lutyens, Ethel Smyth, Maconchy, Fanny Mendelssohn, Hildegard of Bingen, Clara Schumann, Rebecca Clarke, Vivian Fine and the putative Mrs Bach.
Not that the playing situation is much better anywhere else, as far as we can tell.
Dead women composers are always deader than men.