Five Centuries Of Women Singers

Hardcover | June 30, 2005

byIsabelle Emerson

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Five Centuries of Women Singers explores the careers of twenty singers from the late sixteenth century to the middle of the twentieth. In addition to personal information, the stories of these singers tell a great deal about contemporary musical life, about musical and dramatic ideals of the time, and about performance practice. The experiences of the singers also reveal much about the business of music --how women were dealt with by teachers, impresarios, composers, and audiences--and the perseverance and pluck that were and are crucial ingredients of a successful career. The twenty singers were selected on the basis of their contribution to and influence on the art of singing, their significance in the history of performance, what their careers reveal about the life of a professional female musician, and finally for the originality of their achievements. All of the singers included reached the pinnacle of their art with persistence, ingenuity, and unsurpassed musicianship.

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Five Centuries of Women Singers explores the careers of twenty singers from the late sixteenth century to the middle of the twentieth. In addition to personal information, the stories of these singers tell a great deal about contemporary musical life, about musical and dramatic ideals of the time, and about performance practice. The ex...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:331 pages, 9.35 × 6.26 × 1.23 inPublished:June 30, 2005Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0313308101

ISBN - 13:9780313308109

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?Emerson offers a study of 20 classical women singers who have excelled in a specific area and succeeded in achieving specific goals, and whose work is significant for the art of singing and represents a model for later generations....The singers' stories tell much about musical life and ideals of the time, and the book provides commentary on how women fared in the business of music, emphasizing their ingenuity and persistence. Chapters contain time lines of the women's lives along with bibliographies, some quite extensive. The index is mostly limited to names and a few places but is nonetheless quite helpful. This book is a valuable addition to the body of literature in this field. Recommended. All academic libraries; all levels.??Choice