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Analytical Essays on Music by Women Composers: Secular & Sacred Music to 1900$
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Laurel Parsons and Brenda Ravenscroft

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190237028

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190237028.001.0001

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“Half of Humanity Has Something to Say, Also”

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Analytical Essays on Music by Women Composers: Secular & Sacred Music to 1900

Laurel Parsons

Brenda Ravenscroft

Oxford University Press

This volume, the second to be published in a four-volume series, examines compositions by eight composers from the twelfth to nineteenth centuries. The introductory chapter outlines the organization of the volume and the goals of the project—to celebrate outstanding music composed by women by according it the same scholarly attention devoted to music by men; to create a critical mass of scholarship that will stimulate new analytical research and bring it into the mainstream of music theoretical discourse; and to bring to readers’ attention “new” repertoire that is rewarding to performer, listener, and scholar. Distinctions are noted between the composers, particularly in terms of the sociohistorical contexts in which they created their music. Questions of genre and scale are also discussed.

Keywords:   music analysis, women composers, gender, research, genre, sociohistorical context

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