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Women Composers - A Graded Anthology for Piano - Book 1 - By Melanie Spanswick


This three-volume series of piano music by women composers is a progressive compendium of educational literature with a broad repertoire from the 17th century to the present day. For each piece, the editor has written short instructions with rehearsal tips as well as biographical notes on the women composers.

The collection covers all levels of difficulty from easy (Volume 1) to medium (Volume 2) to difficult (volume 3) and is an indispensable addition to lessons and concerts.


…Melanie Spanswick must be congratulated on her extensive research in uncovering exiting music to enthral pianists and teachers.” Piano Professional

An extremely useful and stimulating collection.” International Piano

…these are well-presented books that succeed in offering some belated recognition to neglected composers and their music.” Pianist Magazine

"Melanie Spanswick’s Women Composers: A Graded Anthology is utterly superb, and will surely be of significant interest to pianists everywhere.”

Melanie Spanswick's anthology is not only representative, but also inspiring.” Piano Bulletin


  • Musical Terms
  • Preface
  • Elisabetta de Gambarini (1731–1765): Minuet
  • Florence Ada Goodrich (1850–1928): Water Sprite
  • Narcisa Freixas (1859–1926): L’Ocell
  • Felicitas Kukuck (1914–2001): The Boat
  • Barbara Heller (*1936): Joker - Melanie Spanswick (*1969): Mirage
  • Rachael Forsyth (*1982): Soggy Shoes Blues
  • Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre (1665–1729): Menuet
  • Marjory Kennedy-Fraser (1857–1930): A Harvest Reel
  • Hedwige Chrétien (1859-1944): Pierrot sautille - Gertrud Orff-Willert (1914–2000): Andante con moto
  • Ivana Loudová (1941–2017): The Sleeping Beauty
  • Wendy Hiscocks (*1963): Fig and Fennel
  • Vera Mohrs (*1984): Two Cats Playing
  • Anna Bon (1738–after 1767): Andante
  • Maria Szymanowska (1789–1831): Mazurka
  • Elfrida Andrée (1841–1929): Allegro moderato
  • Agathe Backer Grøndahl (1847–1907): Song of Youth
  • Ethel Smyth (1858–1944): Minuet
  • Mélanie Bonis (1858–1937): Frère Jacques
  • Samantha Ward (*1982): Rockin’ Fingers
Level of difficulty: Very easy - easy
Publisher: Schott Music
Women Composers: an interview with pianist, author, pedagogue, and composer Melanie  Spanswick — No Dead Guys | New piano music, living composers, and thoughts  on the intersection of music and life. Rhonda Rizzo, writer
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