Sounds and Sweet Airs

Sounds and Sweet Airs

The Forgotten Women of Classical Music

eBook - 2016
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Francesca Caccini. Barbara Strozzi. Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre. Marianna Martines. Fanny Hensel. Clara Schumann. Lili Boulanger. Elizabeth Maconchy. Great composers all, but their musical legacy is still rarely acknowledged. Since the birth of classical music, those women who dared to compose have been patronised, had their sex lives scrutinised and the veracity of their authorship questioned. They worked within a musical culture where beliefs about what women could and could not do determined their every move. Yet, time and again there emerged individuals who would evade, confront and ignore the rules that sought to exclude them from the world of composition. Taking the reader on a journey from seventeenth-century Medici Florence to London in the Blitz, and beyond, Anna Beer reveals the hidden histories of eight remarkable women, explores the special communities that enabled them to compose their music, and asks tough questions about why we still don't hear their masterpieces performed. A long-overdue celebration of neglected virtuosos, Sounds and Sweet Airs presents a complex and inspirational picture of artistic endeavour and achievement that deserves to be part of our cultural heritage.
Publisher: [United States] : Oneworld Publications : Made available through hoopla, 2016
ISBN: 9781780748573
1780748574
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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Sep 09, 2016

Unfortunately, as interesting as this topic might have been, the writing is generally dry and uninspiring. Moreover, while the book has a bibliography, the text itself has no footnotes, even though the author quotes individuals throughout the book, refers to other works, and makes questionable statements and allegations.
The book, consequently, has a decided lack of authenticity; nevertheless, the book probably is unique in its scope, so I would give it a lukewarm recommendation to those who might be interested.

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