Louise Farrenc

Symphony No. 3 in G Minor, op. 36

            Until recently Farrenc has been practically unknown to symphonic audiences—especially in this country--but in her time she was held in high regard in the first half of the nineteenth century in France.  Unlike so many women composers of the past, she suffered little obscurity during her lifetime.   She evinced immense talent early on as a pianist, and after study with some of the most august teachers, began a career as performer and composer while in her teens.  By the age of thirty-eight she was appointed a professor of piano at the prestigious Paris Conservatory, and had a long and distinguished career.   All the while she was a busy composer, working in all major genres except opera.  Understandably, her early compositional efforts, beginning in the 1820s, focused primari