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Women's History Month - Henriëtte Bosmans

Henriëtte Bosmans (1895 - 1952) was a Dutch pianist and composer. She came from a musical family as her father was principal cellist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra and her mother taught piano at the Amsterdam Conservatory. Henriëtte studied the piano with her mother and she soon gained a reputation as a quality pianist in the 1920's. Bosmans appeared many times as soloist with European orchestras and in a number of chamber music ensembles.

She began composing in her teens. Her friendships with two cellists resulted in several works for cello, including two concertos, a sonata and Poème for cello and orchestra. Her music was known for its lyrical quality and melodic passages.

During the war Bosmans's music was banned because she refused to become a member of the Kultuurkamer, which was required of all Dutch musicians. After the war Bosmans wrote mostly vocal compositions. After her death, she received a knighthood.

Enjoy this performance of Henriëtte Bosmans's Piano Concertino:

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