The strad magazine review


Constanze Quartet: Mayer

By Joanne Talbot5 SEPTEMBER 2023

Meyer Constanze Qt

A forgotten 19th-century female composer is rehabilitated

As a female composer living in the 19th century, Emilie Mayer (1812–83) was regarded with suspicion, and this attitude dogged the reception of her work throughout her career. Not surprisingly, perhaps, she turned to writing quartets as a more practical way of disseminating her music. Indeed, she shows herself to be a remarkably able composer in terms of mastering chamber music textures.