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Women Composers of Classical Music

371 Biographies through the Mid-20th Century

Mary F. McVicker (author)

ISBN: 9780786443970

Publication Date: Mar 2011

Format: Paperback

As early as the 1500s, a surprising number of women composed classical music. Many were successful, finding venues for both publishing and performing their music; others found the social barriers for women impossible to overcome. This examines these composers, both the well known and the obscure. For each composer a brief biographical sketch is provided, as well as a description of her body of work.
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As early as the 1500s, a surprising number of women have composed classical music. Many were successful, finding venues for both publishing and performing their music; others found the social barriers for women impossible to overcome. This book provides access to these composers, both well known and obscure. Arranged chronologically by era, the profiles are further divided into countries. For each female composer within a country, a brief biographical sketch is provided, as well as a description of her body of work. This text also includes an extensive timeline of operatic works by female composers.

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"a useful guide...recommended" –Booklist

"well-researched and well-written...recommend[ed]" –Feminist Collections

"an interesting overview of women composers through the centuries...recommended" –ARBA
Illustrations Discography
Pages 260
Date Published 30 Mar 2011
Publisher McFarland
Subject/s Music  
Mary F. McVicker has degrees in law and finance. She is the author of three previous books and lives in Oak Park, Illinois.

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