Five minutes before Elisabeth Lutyens appeared live on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Start the Week’ in 1979 she threatened to denounce Russell Harty as a ‘homosexual interviewer’ if he mentioned the phrase ‘lady composer’; thankfully Harty avoided using the words when the programme was on air. Lutyens was a larger than life personality who pioneered serial techniques in her unfairly neglected music. She was also well connected as my photo shows. For the full story, and a recommendation of a new CD of her music, click on Walking with Stravinsky.

2 Responses to “Equality of the composing sexes”
  1. Graham Rieper says:

    Who’s the guy with Tiny Tim?

  2. Alex Ross says:

    “Yes, Lizzie, I hate Shostakovich too, but I’m running a bit late — aren’t I, Bobsky? Must run!”