This episode of Focus On Women Composers presents the Elizabethan Trio, a Bay Area group which performs works from the Elizabethan period and other early musical periods. This program set by the Elizabethan Trio is called "Eight Extraordinary Women program." This program consists of selections of poems, songs, writings, and keyboard works all produced by women of the 16th and 17th centuries. Elinor Armer, a Bay Area composer, set the poems The Flea by John Donne and Sonnet 11 by E. E. Cummings, to music especially for the Trio. The Trio is made up of Laurette Goldberg on harpsichord and virginals; Rella Lossy does the dramatic narrative; and Judith Nelson is the soprano. This tape was made from a performance at 1750 Arch Street in Berkeley. The recording engineer is Bob Schumacher. The pieces performed are The flea / poem by John Donne; music by Elinor Armer -- A poem of grief over her brother's death by Mary Sidney (1561-1621), music by John Bartlett -- Alcina's lament and the sirens' song from La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola d'Alcina / opera by Francesca Caccini -- Lagrime Mie / by Barbara Strozzi -- To the ladies / words by Mary Chudleigh -- Lieux ecartez / by Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre -- Suite in d minor / by Jacquet de la Guerre -- Sonnet 11 / poem by E. E. Cummings, music by Armer.
This recording has been digitally preserved as part of Pacifica's American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 grant preservation project, and is available for research and reference . Please contact the archives via telephone: 818-506-1077 or email: americanwomen at pacificaradioarchives dot org for information on how to obtain a copy of this program. Thank you.