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1 - Women in Composition before the Second World War

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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In Chapter 1, Sophie Fuller considers the musical landscape which composers working in the earlier twentieth century inhabited. From the early days of the twentieth century, when women were expected to concentrate upon song and small-scale piano works, to the wider opportunities which opened up during the interwar period, Fuller considers a range of composers, including Cécile Chaminade, Maude Valérie White, Louise Adolpha Le Beau, Ethel Smyth, Adela Maddison, Poldowski (Irene Wieniawska), Marguerite Canal, Jeanne Leleu, Elizabeth Maconchy, Grace Williams, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Elsa Barraine, Germaine Tailleferre, and Alma Mahler.

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Print publication year: 2021

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Further Reading

Block, Adrienne Fried. Amy Beach: Passionate Victorian: The Life and Work of an American Composer 1867–1944 (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Brown, Rae Linda, The Heart of a Woman: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price (Urbana, Chicago and Springfield: University of Illinois Press, 2020).Google Scholar
Hamer, Laura. Female Composers, Conductors, Performers: Musiciennes of Interwar France, 1919–1939 (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2018).Google Scholar
Mathias, Rhiannon. Lutyens, Maconchy, Williams and Twentieth-Century British Music: A Blest Trio of Sirens (Farnham: Ashgate, 2012).Google Scholar
Tick, Judith. Ruth Crawford Seeger: A Composer’s Search for American Music (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1997).Google Scholar

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