From Library Journal
Introduced by thoughtful essays on feminist aesthetics and attitudes toward musicology, this welcome book covers 25 composers from the 12th through the 20th centuries (nine of whom are not found in the Historical Anthology of Music by Women , LJ 2/15/87). Each chapter gives an outline of important dates in the composer's life, a short commentary on her works in general, specific notes on a piece or two that can be heard on a separately available cassette tape (from Leonarda Productions), and a works list, discography, and short bibliography. Useful appendixes list sources for recordings, additional 20th-century women composers, and music appreciation textbooks that do and do not include women. A chart of Western music history that mentions more women composers than are included in the book gives a fuller picture of their number. A good, accessible guide for a teacher or self-directed student.- Bonnie Jo Dopp, District of Columbia P.L.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Brings together musical and biographical material on women composers from the 12th--20th centuries. A historical outline shows female composers in relation to their more famous male contemporaries by period and genre. This second edition of a vital resource presents newly recovered and updated publication, recording, and biographical information, as well as significant revisions directed by the continuing work of music scholars.