Sounds and Sweet Airs

Author: Anna Beer
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 1780748574
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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.

Sounds and Sweet Airs

Author: Anna Beer
Publisher: ONEWorld Publications
ISBN: 9781786070678
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Since the birth of classical music, women who dared compose have faced a bitter struggle to be heard. In spite of this, female composers continued to create, inspire and challenge. Yet even today so much of their work languishes unheard. Anna Beer reveals the highs and lows experienced by eight composers across the centuries, from Renaissance Florence to twentieth-century London, restoring to their rightful place exceptional women whom history has forgotten [Publisher description]

Sounds and Sweet Airs

Author: Anna Beer
Publisher: ONEWorld Publications
ISBN: 9781780748566
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Sounds and Sweet Airs reveals the hidden stories of eight remarkable female composers, taking the reader on a journey from seventeenth-century Medici Florence to London in the Blitz.

Women Composers of Classical Music

Author: Mary Frech McVicker
Publisher: McFarland Publishing
ISBN: 9780786443970
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"Many women composers were successful, finding venues for both publishing and performing their music; others found the social barriers for women impossible to overcome. Arranged chronologically by era, each section is 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."--Provided by publisher.

Francesca Caccini s Il primo libro delle musiche of 1618

Author: Francesca Caccini
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253110091
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Francesca Caccini (1587--ca.1640) was an accomplished composer, singer, and instrumentalist in the tradition of the Florentine Camerata. Her 1618 volume Il primo libro delle musiche was dedicated to her patron the Cardinal de' Medici (1596--1666). This modern critical edition presents 17 secular monodies for one and two voices with figured bass accompaniment from this landmark collection. The book includes text translations, biographical and stylistic essays, recommendations on performance practice, and other commentary.

Patriot or Traitor

Author: Anna Beer
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 1786074354
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Sir Walter Ralegh’s life is romantic, irresistible and of central importance to our island story. His death is a convoluted and contested tale of bargaining, failure and betrayal. Through the Elizabethan golden age and Ralegh’s famous adventures to the final act, Anna Beer presents his stranger-than-fiction life in all its richness. How could a man once the Queen’s favourite find himself consigned to the Tower by her successor? Should his legacy be fame or infamy? Who was the real Sir Walter Ralegh?

Beethoven s Skull

Author: Tim Rayborn
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1510712720
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Beethoven’s Skull is an unusual and often humorous survey of the many strange happenings in the history of Western classical music. Proving that good music and shocking tabloid-style stories make excellent bedfellows, it presents tales of revenge, murder, curious accidents, and strange fates that span more than two thousand years. Highlights include: A cursed song that kills those who hear it A composer who lovingly cradles the head of Beethoven’s corpse when his remains are exhumed half a century after his death A fifteenth-century German poet who sings of the real-life Dracula A dream of the devil that inspires a virtuoso violin piece Unlike many music books that begin their histories with the seventeenth or eighteenth centuries, Beethoven’s Skull takes the reader back to the world of ancient Greece and Rome, progressing through the Middle Ages and all the way into the twentieth century. It also looks at myths and legends, superstitions, and musical mysteries, detailing the ways that musicians and their peers have been rather horrible to one another over the centuries.

Fanny Mendelssohn

Author: Franoise Tillard
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 9780931340963
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Profiles the life and music of the composer Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Felix Mendelssohn's older sister, who created important music in spite of her family's lack of support

The Norton Grove Dictionary of Women Composers

Author: Julie Anne Sadie
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393034875
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Chronicles the lives and works of over eight hundred women composers of Western classical music, giving for each a detailed biography, an evaluation of her music and career, and a list of published and unpublished works

Gifted Sister

Author: Sandra H. Shichtman
Publisher: Morgan Reynolds Pub
ISBN: 9781599350387
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Profiles the life of Felix Mendelssohn's sister, a highly talented composer in her own right.