Women’s History, All Month on Soundtrack!

March 6, 2021, 8:55 am

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Sondra Radvanovsky as Queen Elizabeth I in "Roberto Devereux" at the Metropolitan Opera

The month of March is Women’s History Month, and each Saturday we will focus on film scores and soundtracks by female composers.

Chicago film critic Michael Phillips makes the first introduction by featuring Mrs. Dalloway, a 1997 movie with a score by Ilona Sekacz.

Maggie has a pair of queens in her hand this week! The England of Elizabeth is a 1957 documentary produced by the British Transport Commission with a score by Ralph Vaughan Williams, followed by John Barry’s Mary, Queen of Scots.


Ilona Sekacz: Mrs. Dalloway/Summer Party at Boughton,  from the original motion picture soundtrack (1997)

Yasunori Masuda: Chrono Trigger/Presentiment, and Chrono Cross/ Scars of Time, recorded by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ilan Eshikeri: A suite from the soundtrack for the BBC series, A Perfect Planet.

Ralph Vaughan Williams: The England of Elizabeth (1957) documentary filmscore , in a recording by the RTE Concert Orchestra led by Andrew Penny.

John Barry: Mary, Queen of Scots  performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.