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Women Who Dared: Trailblazing 20th Century Musicians (English Edition)

Women Who Dared: Trailblazing 20th Century Musicians (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Fleet

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Violinist Maud Powell was the first instrumental soloist to record for RCA Victor in 1904. Trumpeter Edna White gave the first trumpet recital in Carnegie Hall in 1949. They overcame the gender bias women faced in the male-dominated 20th Century music world. At a time when most women stayed home to raise children, they thrilled millions with their performances.
  • Maud defied her mother to marry the man she loved.
  • Edna left her first husband for an opera singer.
  • Discover the racism at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and the Jim Crow South
  • Learn how early recordings were made.
  • See vaudeville through Edna's eyes
  • Experience the hardship she faced during the Depression.
  • No matter if you're 10 or 110, this book is full of revelations you don't want to miss!
An authority on jazz and classical female musicians, trumpeter Susan Fleet has taught at Brown University and Berklee College of Music. See what the critics say!
  • "Fleet candidly
    tells the stories of Edna White and Maud Powell, b
    oth ultimately recognized for their
    artistic excellence by men in their fields
    Women Who Dared shows a world in
    transition, moving towards a sense of gender equality which we have not
    completely attained even today." -- Howard Mandel, NYC music critic
  • " ... of great interest to those who love music of all
    kinds. Edna White [was] a highly
    regarded trumpet player years before women musicians were considered
    `acceptable'. Maud Powell was a gifted violinist
    who traveled to Europe to study her instrument. Her life, like Edna White's, is presented in fascinating detail. This book adds to the important history of the women's rights movement and the history of famous musicians of the past. -- Grady Harp, Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer



  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 800 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 84 Seiten
  • Verlag: Music and Mayhem Press; Auflage: 1 (21. Oktober 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B005YE9OWC
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #463.044 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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During her successful career as a Boston-area trumpeter and music professor, Susan Fleet discovered her dark side and began writing crme fiction. New Orleans is the setting for her award-winning Frank Renzi mysteries, Absolution, Diva and Natalie's Revenge.
The Premier Book Awards named Absolution Best Mystery-Suspense-Thriller of 2009.

She lived in New Orleans for nine years, and now divides her time between the Big Easy and Boston. Visit her website and send her an email. She'd love to hear from you!

Susan's other passion is promoting talented women musicians. While teaching at Brown University and Berklee College of Music, she created a course about female musicians, jazz and classical. Read about two of them in her E-book, WOMEN WHO DARED. Read about more of them at

Susan also blogs about crime on DARK DEEDS: serial killers, stalkers and domestic homicides.
And don't miss RENZI'S RANTS! NOPD Detective Frank Renzi rants about whatever is on his mind!

Some of her favorite authors are: Lisa Gardner, Lee Child, Patricia Cornwell, John Lutz, and Elmore Leonard

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Forgotten Heroines 21. Februar 2012
Von Grady Harp - Veröffentlicht auf
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Susan Fleet has a new project that is of great interest to those who love music of all kinds. In her research, instigated by visiting a lady in a nursing home - one Edna White - stirred her interest when she discovered Edna White had been an important and highly regarded trumpet player in the years before women musicians were considered `acceptable'. Not only did she perform playing the cornet at Carnegie Hall, but she returned some years later to again perform in the same great hall, this time on the trumpet. But that is only a sidebar in the multifaceted life and career of this great lady. She was born in 1892, endured the prejudice against women instrumentalists, formed her own Edna White Brass Quartet and became part of the famous Phil Spitalny All Girl Orchestra. Her life was full of colorful events mirroring the wild change in women's rights both in voting and in the field of the performing arts. She died in 1992 - after her interviews with Susan Fleet.

But getting to know Edna opened the gate to Susan Fleet to learn about other talented yet forgotten women instrumentalists. Maud Powell (1867 - 1919) was a gifted violinist who despite prejudices at home traveled to Europe to study her instrument. Returning to the US she found difficulties finding work until she made an appearance playing the Bruch Violin Concerto. This event opened doors for her and she was able to present the American premiers of two of the most beloved violin concertos in the repertoire - the Dvorak concerto and the Sibelius concerto! In her brief life of 52 years she did more for the cause of promoting women as superb classical musicians than just about any one else! Her life, like Edna Whit's is presented in all of the fascinating aspects that Susan Fleet could gather.

This book is Volume I - and there are further volumes promised. These books will add to the important history of the women's rights movement as well as to the history of famous musicians of the past. Grady Harp, February 12
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An important look at brilliant women in musical history 21. Mai 2012
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Young women in 2012 do not seem to have any idea - or care - of the struggle which ensued when Maud Powell, Edna White and their contemporaries blazed a trail through musical history. The fact that women were still struggling for equality and recognition up to the 1970s and beyond is no longer acknowledged and indeed often dismissed with disdain. Women who today are enjoying the benefits of their fore-sisters fight should read this account of two magnificent women and be thankful for their sacrifices.

Even though in theory all professions are now open to women, there is still inequality in pay, women are vilified, often by other women, for life choices, e.g. to give birth or not and when. The Glass Ceiling is well and truly poised to shatter over the heads of those who attain high office in politics, business or the arts.

Susan Fleet, a brilliant classical trumpeter and teacher, author of crime novels DIVA and Absolution, has researched and produced a well-written and interesting account of the lives of Maud and Edna who were only permitted to be soloists, never members of an orchestra, because those positions were reserved for men.

It was thought that women were not capable of playing the violin, trumpet or cornet and should stay in the kitchen where they belonged. Some people truly believed the former, most used it as an excuse for the latter. Susan Fleet has shown the historical background of the era and included short profiles of two other incredible females - Annie Oakley, Amelia Earhart and Babe Didrikson Zaharias - also women of extraordinary skills and tenacity in a man's world.

Of course, women of this ilk were never going to be subdued and thank goodness they weren't, because the world would be a poorer place without their talent, courage and stamina.

I thoroughly enjoyed this important study, which in my opinion should be available within school and university systems and available in libraries throughout the world. I shall look forward to Susan Fleet's next book recounting the lives of women musicians in jazz.

Highly recommended!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Inspiring! 26. November 2012
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Inspiring! Every woman should read this. Susan Fleet not only gives a biography of each of the women, but places each one in the historical time line so that you could see what the country and world were going through.

I didn't understand why Annie Oakley was in this book about musicians. Even though I was a fan of Annie Oakley (or what 1950s TV showed me) still it was interesting.

The other biographies were of women whose names I didn't recognize but was glad for the introduction.

As a person who listens to books on Text-to-Speech I found the reference numbers, websites and bibliographies that seem to pop out of no where, quite distracting. I just wonder if those all couldn't go to the end of the book so the stories didn't have to get interrupted.

Oh, and I liked the way the author blended these biographies across time. It helped me to place the people and what they were going through in the proper dress and social eras. Now I have more research to do.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Inspiring 10. August 2013
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Definitely worth a read!

Susan Fleet places each of the women in a historical timeline prior to going into a biagraphy. This really shows the reader what society, the country and the world were going through. This really does put a lot of these strong women into prospective and shines some light onto why they were so revolutionary.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Learning about amazing women! 20. September 2012
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I read this book in one sitting. The way Susan wrote this book brought me into the lives of these amazing trailblazing women! The extras about Annie Oakley and others was interesting as well. As a good book should, it makes me want to learn more on my own - thank you Susan!
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