American Women Composers before 1870

November 2010
318 pages
22.8x15.2 in
ISBN: 9781878822598
Format: Paperback
University of Rochester Press
BISAC MUS006000, MUS007000

American Women Composers before 1870

Judith Tick

First study of American women composers and attitudes towards women musicians in the nineteenth century.
Early American women composers are barely represented in standard reference works, yet their output constitutes a significant proportion of the bound sheet music in the collections in the New York Public Library, Yale University, Boston Public Library, and the New York Historical Society that form the basis of this study. Beginning with the first sheet music published by a woman in America, in the 1790s, the book goes on to examine music by mid-nineteenth century composers, including brief biographies of five prominent women active in the 1850s and 60s.
Judith Tick is Professor of Music at Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts.
Keywords: Music

Table of Contents

Preface to the New Edition by Ruth Solie
The Tradition of Music as a Feminine Accomplishment, 1770 to 1830
Accomplishment Becomes Middle-Class
Music in Female Seminaries
Humble Beginnings, 1790 to 1825
A Woman Composer's Place is in the Parlor: New Trends in Mid-Century
Five Mid-Nineteenth-Century Composers
The Emergence of a Professional Ethos for Women Composers
Appendix. Selected Compositions Published by Women in the U.S. before 1870

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