Sounds And Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women Of Classical Music by Anna BeerSounds And Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women Of Classical Music by Anna Beer

Sounds And Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women Of Classical Music

byAnna Beer

Paperback | July 21, 2017

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Francesca Caccini. Barbara Strozzi. Elisabeth 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 patronized, had their sex lives scrutinized 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 17th-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 endeavor and achievement that deserves to be part of our cultural heritage. Francesca Caccini. Barbara Strozzi. Elisabeth 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 patronized, had their sex lives scrutinized 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 17th-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 endeavor and achievement that deserves to be part of our cultural heritage.
Anna Beer is a cultural historian, and the author of biographies of Milton and Lady Bess Raleigh. She is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford. She lives in Oxford, England.
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Title:Sounds And Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women Of Classical MusicFormat:PaperbackDimensions:348 pages, 7.5 × 5.13 × 1.1 inPublished:July 21, 2017Publisher:Oneworld PublicationsLanguage:English

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Never less than highly readable'.'A meticulously researched, engrossing read, vividly bringing its eight subjects to life. It should appeal not only to music connoisseurs but to anyone interested in social and cultural history - and women's place in it.''Offers vivid, colourful context on a situation that is echoed back through the centuries... Readable and wide-ranging, Beer's deft sketches are an elegant introduction to their subjects'.'Beer's snapshot lives of women composers are savvy, sympathetic... [an] essential and insightful study of a woman's unsung place in the closed world of classical music.''Beer's writing is lucid, engaging and exuberant, strongly evoking the cultures and atmospheres that surrounded her subjects... the book in general is terrifically enjoyable and accessible, and leaves one hankering for a second volume.''Absorbing ... [Beer] writes with rich detail and sympathetic insight about [these women's] ambitious, adventurous battles to overcome barriers to creativity.''Rewarding... insightful... Beer conveys the sexism and lifelong frustrations some immensely gifted creative artists encountered.''Such traits, as Beer laments, are still with us... All the more important, then, for excellent books like this one to remind us of what we are all missing'.