August's work on this site has been primarily to expand the
format to a style and size that will be maintained throughout the coming
New for the page "Yesterday's Concert
New pages added to this site in September include:
A Site Map
A new newsletter column: Just For Teachers
and a page listing Biographies and Autobiographies
of women concert pianists.
Aline van Barentzen
(b. Somerville, Mass., July 7, 1897; d. 1981)
This outstanding pianist and educator is missing from the major English
music dictionaries, even though born in the U.S. A French citizen since
the 1930's and a professor at the Paris Conservatory since 1954, Aline van
Barentzen still holds the record as the youngest pianist to ever earn the
First Prize at the Paris Conservatory, at age 11. Studying also in Berlin
and Vienna (with Leschetizky) she gave over 2500 performances and had
an active repertoire of over 500 works. Decorated three times by the French
government she is included in the French music dictionaries as one of the
world's great pianists.
You may also notice that work was begun annotating each name
in the alphabetical listing of Yesterday's Concert
, as well as the addition of source codes for each individual. This
should make it more interesting to browse through the over 100 names.
Suggestions and contributions are always welcome, particularly
articles for the Just For Teachers column and Biography Pages
of historic women that are already on the list but not linked to a page.
For more information please
e-mail the editor