In response to NPR’s recent list of the 150 greatest albums made by women, Washington Post critic Anne Midgette proposes a thoughtful “Top 35” list encompassing a cross-section of female composers.
Since I was responding to a list of recordings, I confined myself to artists active in the recorded music era, the 20th and 21st centuries — leaving out Hildegard von Bingen, Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Wieck Schumann, Barbara Strozzi, Marianne Martinez, and many others. My selections are based on a combination of personal preference and some idea of what constitutes “importance,” and it was hard to winnow it down to only 35.
But she leaves the door open:
There are SO MANY significant people I didn't include. It would be easy to do a top-100, but I literally ran out of time.
— Anne Midgette (@classicalbeat) August 4, 2017
Who would you add to Midgette’s list in the 36-100 slots?