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Women Composing Music

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Women Composing Music

<p>Throughout time women have been excluded from the world of professional music and especially composing. Those few who succeeded in the compositional world were marginalised, forbidden to write

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Throughout time women have been excluded from the world of professional music and especially composing. Those few who succeeded in the compositional world were marginalised, forbidden to write certain types of music and had their reputations questioned. This series looks at the lives of some female composers from the Medieval to the present day.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • At the beginning of the Baroque period 2 women established themselves as composers; one in Florence as part of the Medici court and the other in Venice where no court would employ a woman. They were Francesca Caccini and Barbara Strozzi.
  • Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre composed in the court of Louis XIV at Versailles establishing herself as a brilliant improviser and composers. In contrast Marianna Martinez, who knew both Haydn and Mozart, mainly hosted musical soirees performing her own works.
  • Fanny Mendelssohn’s life and career was as much affected by the changing atmosphere of women at the beginning of the 19th century as by her determination to compose.
  • Clara Schumann’s life reads very much like a contemporary woman’s; trying to juggle a career, sick husband, children and the household finances as well as performing throughout Europe and composing.
  • It is interesting to compare the very short life of Fr composer Lili Boulanger and the long life of Irish/English composer Elizabeth Maconchy. Both in the first half of the 20th century and both of whom discovered the difficulties of trying to succeed in a man’s world.
  • Australia has a proud tradition of producing female composers. This class looks at some of these women and the changes which occurred throughout the 20th century and into the 21st .


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Identify some female composers.
  2. Understand the difficulties female composers have faced in Classical music.
  3. Explain how they managed to composer despite these difficulties.