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5 - On the Podium: Women Conductors

from Part I - The Classical Tradition

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 April 2021

Laura Hamer
Affiliation:
The Open University, Milton Keynes
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Chapter 5 turns to the situation of women conductors. It considers the early women conductors of the twentieth century, many of whom, such as Ethel Leginska, founded and led their own women’s orchestras. It explores how – with the important exception of Veronika Dudarowa’s career in the USSR – the majority of women conductors lost opportunities following the general demise of the women’s orchestras during the Second World War. It also examines the re-emergence of women at the heads or orchestras in the later twentieth century, with a particular focus upon the career of Marin Alsop. It concludes by discussing the important work that Alsop and others, notably (in the UK) Alice Farnham, are doing through mentoring and training the younger generation of women conductors through such initiatives as Alsop’s Taki Concordia Fellowship and Farnham’s Women Conductors programme at the Royal Philharmonic Society.

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Print publication year: 2021

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Further Reading

Brooks, Jeanice. ‘Noble et grande servant de la musique: Telling the Story of Nadia Boulanger’s Conducting Career.’ Journal of Musicology, vol. 14, no. 1 (Winter 1996), 92116.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Edwards, J. Michele. ‘Women on the Podium’, in Bowen, José (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Conducting (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003), 220–36.Google Scholar
Hamer, Laura. ‘On the Conductor’s Podium: Jane Evrard and the Orchestre féminin de Paris.’ The Musical Times, vol. 152, no. 1916 (Autumn 2011), 81100.Google Scholar
Neuls-Bates, Carol. ‘Women’s Orchestras in the United States, 1925–45’, in Bowers, Jane and Tick, Judith (eds.), Women Making Music: The Western Art Tradition, 1150–1950 (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1986), 349–69.Google Scholar

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