Uncovering Music of Early European Women (1250-1750)

1st Edition

Claire Fontijn

May 18, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 240 Pages - 33 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138585638 - CAT# K377111
Series: Routledge Studies in Musical Genres

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Uncovering Music of Early European Women (1250 – 1750) brings together nine essays that investigate aspects of female music-making and musical experience in the medieval and early modern periods. Part I, "Notes from the Underground," treats the spirituality of women in solitude and in community. Parts II and III, "Interlude" and "Music for Royal Rivals," respond to Joan Kelly’s famous feminist question and suggest that women of a certain stature did have a Renaissance. Part IV, "Serenissime Sirene," plays with the notion of the allure of music and its risks in Venice during the Baroque.

The process of uncovering requires close listening to women’s creative endeavors in an ongoing effort to piece together equitably the terrain of early music. Contributors include: Cynthia J. Cyrus, Claire Fontijn, Catherine E. Gordon, Laura Jeppesen, Eva Kuhn, Anne MacNeil, Jason Stoessel, Elizabeth Randell Upton, and Laurence Wuidar.

An invaluable book for college students and scholars interested in the social and cultural meanings of women in early music.


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