HerStory: The Piano Collection

A progressive collection celebrating 29 female composers and their stories

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Musical EditionsMusic score (anthology)
Item no.1161815
EditorKaren Marshall
Scope112 pages; 22.8 × 30.5 cm
Release year2022
Publisher / ProducerFaber Music
Producer No.0571542379


HerStory: The Piano Collection presents invaluable repertoire by remarkable female composers across the ages. This important collection is progressively graded, suitable for intermediate to advanced level players (approximately Grade 4 to Grade 8) and also features a piano duet and an ensemble piece for piano, clarinet, viola and cello.

Written and compiled by award-winning author and piano pedagogue Karen Marshall, each piece is accompanied by a fascinating ‘snapshot’ of the 29 composers, providing invaluable insights into how they lived and composed, alongside quotes from them or about them. In addition there are suggestions of other pieces to try, personal observations from Karen Marshall and pedagogical activities and ideas.

“This vibrant collection of wonderful music from literally every musical period promises to enrich the musical lives of everyone. Female composers have suffered shocking neglect over the centuries, but society is now beginning to make amends. Karen Marshall’s extraordinary anthology brings neglected jewels out of obscurity and into the limelight, where they will be loved and cherished.” Kathryn Page, pianist, adjudicator, teacher and co-founder of Chetham’s International Piano Summer School


  • Andante cantabile from Sonata No.2 (Maria Hester Park)
  • Aubade (Cécile Chaminade)
  • Berceuse Op. 2 (Dora Pejačević)
  • Columbine (Amy Beach)
  • Divertimento (Anna Amalia von Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel)
  • Grazioso from Sonata No. 2 (Elisabetta de Gambarini)
  • Heloisa (Valsa de salão) (Francisca Gonzaga)
  • Intermezzo (Op. 3 No. 3) (Paula Szalit)
  • Invention (Ethel Smyth)
  • Juninat (June Night) (Inga Lærum Liebich)
  • Levee Dance (Florence Price)
  • Lied Op. 35 [37], No. 1 (Josephine Lang)
  • Menuet from Suite in G minor (Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre)
  • Mélodie Op. 4 No. 2 (Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel)
  • Now Think. (Emily Pedersen/Hildegard von Bingen)
  • O Virtuo Sapientiae (Margarida Gonçalves/ Hildegard von Bingen)
  • Pastorale (Germaine Tailleferre)
  • Prélude (Ce que l’on entendit dans la nuit de Noël) (Augusta Holmès)
  • Sospiro (Tango) (Francisca Gonzaga)
  • Surgite, Surgite (Barbara Strozzi)
  • Tempo di Minuetto from Sonata in A major (Marianna Martines)
  • The Banjo Op. 74 No. 4 (Nannie Louise Wright)
  • The Spinning Top (Elena Gnesina)
  • The Wood Nymph’s Harp (Florence P Rea)
  • Valse (Maria Szymanowska)
  • Villanelle (Marguerite Balutet)
  • Waltz Caprice Op. 2 No. 2 (Clara Schumann)
  • Waltz No. 9 (Marie Jaëll)
  • Étude in C, Op. 50, No. 1 (Louise Farrenc)
  • Étude in D minor, Op. 50, No. 11 (Louise Farrenc)
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