2. Paris - the artistic centre of Europe

Les Parisiennes - French Women Composers of the Long Nineteenth Century - Diana Ambache

Diana Ambache [+-]
Musician and scholar
Diana Ambache was short-listed for the European Women of Achievement Awards (2002) for her pioneering work researching, presenting, broadcasting and recording music by women of the last 250 years; http://www.womenofnote.co.uk/ .

She was the first woman in Britain to found and direct her own classical orchestra, the Ambache Chamber Orchestra; they performed and recorded Mozart Piano Concertos and gave modern premières of works by female composers; http://www.ambache.co.uk/records.htm.

As a pianist she has given concerts, taught and lectured in over 30 countries on five continents. Teaching English as a foreign language has taken her to India, Laos, Myanmar and Peru.

Published in 2021, her first book: The Soul of the Journey is her account of the music and art inspired by the excursions of Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn to Scotland and Italy. Cambridge University Press issued her Grażyna Bacewicz, the First Lady of Polish Music in 2022.


Inspired by Napoléon’s campaign in Egypt and Syria, Hortense de Beauharnais (1783-1837) composed Partant pour la Syrie in about 1807. Songs and keyboard sonatas were composed. Real events were the source of Sophie Gail’s (1775-1819) opéra-comique Mademoiselle Launay à la Bastille (1813), based on the memoires of Mlle Launay, who was imprisoned in the Bastille from 1718 to 1720. Sophie Bawr (1773-1860) wrote the highly successful La Suite d’un Bal Masqué in 1813.

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Ambache, Diana. 2. Paris - the artistic centre of Europe. Les Parisiennes - French Women Composers of the Long Nineteenth Century. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Nov 2024. ISBN 9781800505209. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=44469. Date accessed: 15 Jun 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.44469. Nov 2024

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