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VIV 1801


18th Century Women Composers for the Harpsichord or Piano, Vol. I
Edited by Barbara Harbach

This volume contains Elisabetta de Gambarini’s (1731-1765) Aria, Gavotte and Variations, and Gigue written on "Lover, Go and Calm thy Sighs." It also includes Sonata in F Major by Maria Hester Park (1760-1813) and Lesson VI in D Major by A Lady. Until publication in this series, this music was available only to those with access to one of a few libraries in the world. "The covers are attractive, the paper good, the commentary professional, the editing clean, and the music well laid out on the page. Best of all, the music sounds as good as it looks" Piano & Keyboard. Recorded on compact disc recordings Gasparo CD 281 and CD 272.
VIV 1801, 32 pages, $18.95


Piano & Keyboard
“the sonatas of Park (one in each volume) are filled with delights for the ears and fingers, as is the Sonata in A by Martinez.”

American Music Teacher
“Numerous rhythmic subtleties make the Martinez sonata especially attractive.”

“exciting two-volume publication”

“well worth performing”

Continuo, June 1992
“This is a laudable series which could and should be continued.”


    • Click here to view a page of Elisabetta de Gambarini
    • Click here to view a page of Maria Hester Park
    • Click here to view a page of A Lady


A Brief Bio of the Editor

Barbara Harbach has a large catalog of works, including symphonies, opera, string orchestra, musicals, works for chamber ensembles, film scores, modern ballets, organ, harpsichord, piano, choral anthems, and many arrangements for brass and organ of various Baroque works. She is also involved in the research, editing, publication and recording of manuscripts of eighteenth-century keyboard composers as well as historical and contemporary women composers. Her work is available in both recorded and published form through MSR Classics, Naxos Records, Gasparo Records, Kingdom Records, Albany Records, Northeastern Records, Hester Park, Robert King Music, Elkan-Vogel, Augsburg Fortress, Agape Music and Vivace Press. Harbach is also the editor of the journal, Women of Note Quarterly.

“Harbach’s music astonished me for its heavy reliance on the lyric and the beautifully (and cogently) framed melodic line. I could listen to her music for hours.” American Record Guide ~ March / April 2008. “ Harbach has distinguished herself as one of the preeminent American composers of any generation.” All Music Guide ~ December 2007.

Harbach has toured extensively as both concert organist and harpsichordist and her lively performances and recordings have captured the imagination of many American composers, and the body of work written for and dedicated to Harbach is substantial. Musical America has called her “nothing short of brilliant,” and Gramophone has cited her as an “acknowledged interpreter – and, indeed, muse – of modern harpsichord music.” She was host of the weekly television music series Palouse Performance seen throughout the Inland Northwest.

Currently professor of music at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, she holds academic degrees from Pennsylvania State University (B.A.), Yale University (M.M.A.), Musikhochschule (Konzertdiplom) in Frankfurt, Germany, and the Eastman School of Music (D.M.A.). In 2002, Harbach received an honorary doctorate in music, honoris causa, from Wilmington College, Ohio for her lifetime achievement as a composer, performer, editor and publisher.

Barbara Harbach initiated Women in the Arts-St. Louis, a celebration of the achievements of women creators. The over 800 events by various cultural organizations in the St. Louis region provided audiences with new and historical examples of the work of women writers, composers and artists. In 2006 for her work Women in the Arts-St. Louis she was the recipient of the Arts Education Award from the Missouri Arts Council; the Missouri Citizen for the Arts Award; the Yellow rose Award from the Zonta International Club of St. Louis; the UM-St. Louis College of Fine Arts and Communication, Faculty Excellence Award; and in 2007 she was awarded the Hellenic Spirit Foundation Award.

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