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The Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers

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This definitive source chronicles the lives and works of 875 women composers of Western classical music. Following the standards set by the twenty-volume New Grove Dictionary of Music, most entries in this Dictionary include a detailed biography, an evaluation of the subject's music and her career, and a comprehensive list of her published and unpublished works. In one handy reference book you can now read about the medieval mystic Hildegard of Bingen, the Renaissance madrigalist Maddalena Casulana, the flamboyant seventeenth-century vocal composer Barbara Strozzi, the prolific New Englander Amy Beach, and the Pulitzer Prize-winner Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. Throughout history women have been composing music, but until recently their achievements went largely unrecognized. Those few in earlier times who gained some renown were often as not the sisters, daughters, wives, or muses of well-known men - the surnames of Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann speak for themselves. Now, with a significant increase in the number of women composers and a burgeoning interest in their work, the need for authoritative information about these musicians is greater than ever. The Norton/ Grove Dictionary of Women Composers, produced by an international corps of experts, is the indispensable first choice of scholars, teachers, musicians, librarians, and all music lovers interested in women's creative contributions to Western art music.

Synopsis:

Throughout history women have been composing music, but their achievements have usually gone unrecognized.

Synopsis:

The few in earlier times who gained some renown were as often as not the sisters, daughters, wives, or muses of well-known men--the surnames of Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann speak for themselves. Even with the present-day increase in their number, women composers have largely failed to draw the attention of the public.

In recognition of these nearly invisible yet greatly talented musicians, Julie Anne Sadie and Rhian Samuel have brought together an international corps of experts to produce The Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers. This definitive source provides detailed biographies of more than 1,000 creators of Western classical music. In signed articles, the Dictionary chronicles the lives and works of women composers from all corners of the world. Here you can read about the Medieval mystic Hildgard von Bingen, the Renaissance madrigalist Maddalena Casulana, the flamboyant seventeenth-century vocal composer Barbara Strozzi, the prolific New Englander Amy Beach, and the Pulitzer Prize winner Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.

About the Author

Julie Anne Sadie is editor of The Consort and contributes regularly to Gramophone Early Music, and the London Press. She holds a Ph.D in musicology from Cornell University.Rhian Samuel is a composer who heads the music department at the University of Reading, England, and a writer on contemporary music. She holds a doctorate in theory and composition from Washington University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393034875
Editor:
Sadie, Julie Anne
Editor:
Samuel, Rhian
Editor:
Sadie, Julie Anne
Editor:
Samuel, Rhian
Author:
Samuel, Rhian
Author:
Sadie, Julie Anne
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Women composers
Subject:
Music -- Bio-bibliography.
Subject:
Women composers -- Biography -- Dictionaries.
Subject:
Dictionaries
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
American
Series Volume:
94-27
Publication Date:
19950917
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
9.6 x 6.5 x 1.5 in 2.547 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Throughout history women have been composing music, but their achievements have usually gone unrecognized.
"Synopsis" by , The few in earlier times who gained some renown were as often as not the sisters, daughters, wives, or muses of well-known men--the surnames of Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann speak for themselves. Even with the present-day increase in their number, women composers have largely failed to draw the attention of the public.

In recognition of these nearly invisible yet greatly talented musicians, Julie Anne Sadie and Rhian Samuel have brought together an international corps of experts to produce The Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers. This definitive source provides detailed biographies of more than 1,000 creators of Western classical music. In signed articles, the Dictionary chronicles the lives and works of women composers from all corners of the world. Here you can read about the Medieval mystic Hildgard von Bingen, the Renaissance madrigalist Maddalena Casulana, the flamboyant seventeenth-century vocal composer Barbara Strozzi, the prolific New Englander Amy Beach, and the Pulitzer Prize winner Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.
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