Sounds and Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music

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Oneworld Publications #ad - Lisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre. Barbara Strozzi. Fanny Hensel. Anna beer reveals the highs and lows experienced by eight composers across the centuries, from Renaissance Florence to twentieth-century London, restoring to their rightful place exceptional women whom history has forgotten. In spite of this, female composers continued to create, inspire and challenge.

A companion to the Classic FM series Francesca Caccini. Elizabeth Maconchy. Yet even today so much of their work languishes unheard. Clara Schumann. Lili Boulanger. Since the birth of classical music, women who dared compose have faced a bitter struggle to be heard. Marianna Martines.

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Clara Schumann: The Artist and the Woman

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Cornell University Press #ad - At once artist, editor, teacher, and mother of eight children, composer, wife, she was an important force in the musical world of her time. Going beyond the familiar legends of the Schumann literature, she applies the tools of musicological scholarship and the insights of psychology to provide a new, full-scale portrait.

The book is divided into two parts. To show how schumann surmounted the obstacles facing female artists in the nineteenth century, Nancy B. In part one, reich follows clara schumann's life from her early years as a child prodigy through her marriage to Robert Schumann and into the forty years after his death, when she established and maintained an extraordinary European career while supporting and supervising a household and seven children.

Reich has drawn on previously unexplored primary sources: unpublished diaries, and family papers, letters, as well as concert programs. Part two covers four major themes in schumann's life: her relationship with Johannes Brahms and other friends and contemporaries; her creative work; her life on the concert stage; and her success as a teacher.

Throughout, excerpts from diaries and letters in Reich's own translations clear up misconceptions about her life and achievements and her partnership with Robert Schumann. She has also prepared a catalogue of works that includes all of Clara Schumann's known published and unpublished compositions and works she edited, as well as descriptions of the autographs, the modern editions, the first editions, and recent literature on each piece.

Clara Schumann: The Artist and the Woman #ad - This absorbing and award-winning biography tells the story of the tragedies and triumphs of Clara Wieck Schumann 1819–1896, a musician of remarkable achievements. Highlighting aspects of clara schumann's personality and character that have been neglected by earlier biographers, this candid and eminently readable account adds appreciably to our understanding of a fascinating artist and woman.

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Women Composers of Classical Music: 369 Biographies from 1550 into the 20th Century

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McFarland #ad - As early as the 1500s, a surprising number of women have composed classical music. This text also includes an extensive timeline of operatic works by female composers. Many were successful, finding venues for both publishing and performing their music; others found the social barriers for women impossible to overcome.

Arranged chronologically by era, the profiles are further divided into countries. This book provides access to these composers, both well known and obscure. For each female composer within a country, a brief biographical sketch is provided, as well as a description of her body of work.

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An Introduction to Women Composers

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#ad - Music is constantly evolving, changing styles over the years as new composers and influences arise. Women composers were for many years discouraged from publishing, but many insisted on creating regardless—and their work offers great insight into how music has changed over time. Start investigating the long and fascinating history of Western music—and women’s contributions—connecting everything from ancient religious chants to the billboard hits we hear today.

. Looking back, we can trace out six distinct musical eras—and many notable women, although largely overshadowed by more famous men, have made important contributions to the art of composition throughout the centuries. An introduction to women composers is a historical resource that highlights seven key female figures whose work has had widespread influence across the following musical studies:· Religious music in medieval times· Artistic freedom during the Renaissance· Elaborate operas of the baroque period· Structured melodies during the classical movement· Expressive chamber music in the romantic era· Unique modern music in the most recent centuryEach segment provides an overview of an era’s musical history and includes a review of influences, a composer biography with an original black-and-white portrait, listening guidelines, and a musical map for one composition.

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Divas in the Convent: Nuns, Music, and Defiance in Seventeenth-Century Italy

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University of Chicago Press #ad - By then, santa cristina’s imaginative but frail composer literally had been driven mad by the conflict. Monson’s fascinating narrative relies heavily on the words of its various protagonists, on both sides of the cloister wall, independent-minded, who emerge vividly as imaginative, and not always sympathetic figures.

Monson retells the story of vizzana and the nuns of Santa Cristina to elucidate the role that music played in the lives of these cloistered women. Gifted singers, instrumentalists, these nuns used music not only to forge links with the community beyond convent walls, and composers, but also to challenge and circumvent ecclesiastical authority.

Divas in the Convent: Nuns, Music, and Defiance in Seventeenth-Century Italy #ad - Thanks to clandestine instruction from a local maestro di cappella—and despite the church hierarchy’s vehement opposition to all convent music—Vizzana became the star of the convent, composing works so thoroughly modern and expressive that a recent critic described them as “historical treasures.

But at the very moment when vizzana’s works appeared in 1623—she would be the only Bolognese nun ever to publish her music—extraordinary troubles beset her and her fellow nuns, as episcopal authorities arrived to investigate anonymous allegations of sisterly improprieties with male members of their order.

Craig A. These women defied one bolognese archbishop after another, and even the pope himself, cardinals in Rome, until threats of excommunication and abandonment by their families brought them to their knees twenty-five years later. Monson explains how the sisters of santa cristina—refusing to accept what the church hierarchy called God’s will and what the nuns perceived as a besmirching of their honor—fought back with words and music, with bricks, and when these proved futile, roof tiles, and stones.

When eight-year-old lucrezia orsina vizzana 1590–1662 entered one of the preeminent convents in Bologna in 1598, she had no idea what cloistered life had in store for her.

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Women and Music: A History

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Indiana University Press #ad - This updated, and reorganized edition of women and Music features even more women composers, even more musical contexts, and patrons, performers, expanded, and an expanded view of women in music outside Europe and North America. A popular university textbook, women and Music is enlightening for scholars, a good source of programming ideas for performers, and a pleasure for other music lovers.

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Feminine Endings: Music, Gender, and Sexuality: Music, Gender and Sexuality

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Univ Of Minnesota Press #ad - All music-lovers should read it, and cheer. The women’s review of books"McClary writes with a racy, vigorous, and consistently entertaining style. “. Mcclary’s achievement borders on the miraculous. The village voice“no one will read these essays without thinking about and hearing music in new and interesting ways.

A groundbreaking collection of essays in feminist music criticism, this book addresses problems of gender and sexuality in repertoires ranging from the early seventeenth century to rock and performance art. No review can do justice to the wealth of ideas and possibilities McClary’s book presents. What she has to say specifically about the music and the text is sharp, accurate, and telling; she hears what takes place musically with unusual sensitivity.

Feminine Endings: Music, Gender, and Sexuality: Music, Gender and Sexuality #ad - The new york Review of Books. Exciting reading for adventurous students and staid professionals. Choice“feminine endings, a provocative ‘sexual politics’ of Western classical or art music, rocks conservative musicology at its core. This is a major book.

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Francesca Caccini's Il primo libro delle musiche of 1618: A Modern Critical Edition of the Secular Monodies Publications of the Early Music Intitute

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Indiana University Press #ad - Her 1618 volume il primo libro delle musiche was dedicated to her patron the Cardinal de’ Medici 1596–1666. This modern critical edition presents 17 secular monodies for one and two voices with figured bass accompaniment from this landmark collection. Francesca caccini 1587–ca. 1640 was an accomplished composer, singer, and instrumentalist in the tradition of the Florentine Camerata.

The book includes text translations, biographical and stylistic essays, recommendations on performance practice, and other commentary.

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You Never Give Me Your Money: The Beatles After the Breakup

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - Peter doggett’s book about the Beatles’ split is a real page-turner. Annie lennox “Enthralling… Impossible to put down. The independent acclaimed journalist peter doggett recounts the previously untold story of the dramatic final chapter in the lives, George, loves, Paul, and legal battles of John, and Ringo—aka The Beatles—from their breakup in 1969 to the present day.

. Called “refreshingly straightforward and highly readable” by The Daily Telegraph London, You Never Give Me Your Money is the dramatic and intimate story of the breakup and aftermath of The Fab Four as it’s never been told before.

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Johannes Brahms: A Biography

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Vintage #ad - Among the characters in the book are two great cities: the stolid north German harbor town of Hamburg  where Johannes grew up, fickle, music-mad Vienna, which later spurned him; and glittering, where Brahms the self-proclaimed vagabond finally settled, to find his sweetest triumphs and his most bitter failures.

Ultimately, backward-looking artist who inspired musical revolutionaries of the following generations, Johannes Brahms is the story of a great, yet who was no less a prophet of the darkness and violence of our century. A biographical masterpiece at once wholly original and definitive. Brought up in poverty, he was forced to play the piano in the brothels of Hamburg, where he met with both mental and physical abuse.

At the same time, who found themselves in awe of a stupendous talent: a miraculous young composer and pianist, Mozart, poised between the emotionalism of the Romantics and the rigors of the composers he worshipped--Bach, he was the golden boy of his teachers, Beethoven. This is a book rich in secondary characters as well, the brilliant, the malevolent genius richard wagner; and eduard hanslick, including Robert Schumann, self-lacerating violinist; the extraordinary musical amateur Elisabet von Herzogenberg, the towering pianist, on whose exacting criticism Brahms relied; Brahms's rival and shadow, and great love of Brahms's life; Josef Joachim, declining into madness as he hailed the advent of a new genius; Clara Schumann, tormented personality, enemy of Wagner and apostle of Brahms, at once the most powerful and most wrongheaded music critic of his time.

Johannes Brahms: A Biography #ad - In 1853, robert schumann proclaimed the twenty-year-old Brahms the savior of German music. Brahms spent the rest of his days trying to live up to that prophecy, ever fearful of proving unworthy of his musical inheritance. We find here more of brahms's words, his daily life and joys and sorrows, than in any other biography.

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The Ninth: Beethoven and the World in 1824

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Random House #ad - Described in vibrant detail by eminent musicologist harvey Sachs, this symbol of freedom and joy was so unorthodox that it amazed and confused listeners at its unveiling—yet it became a standard for subsequent generations of creative artists, and its composer came to embody the Romantic cult of genius.

In this unconventional, beethoven’s masterwork becomes a prism through which we may view the politics, aesthetics, provocative book, and overall climate of the era. Part biography, part memoir, part history,  the Ninth brilliantly explores the intricacies of Beethoven’s last symphony—how it brought forth the power of the individual while celebrating the collective spirit of humanity.

The Ninth: Beethoven and the World in 1824 #ad - . The premier of beethoven’s ninth symphony in vienna on May 7, 1824, was the most significant artistic event of the year—and the work remains one of the most precedent-shattering and influential compositions in the history of music.

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