Musical Voices of Early Modern Women: Many-Headed Melodies (Women and Gender in the Early Modern World)

Musical Voices of Early Modern Women: Many-Headed Melodies (Women and Gender in the Early Modern World)

By: Thomasin Lamay (editor), Professor Abby Zanger (series_editor), Professor Allyson M. Poska (series_editor)Hardback

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Recent scholarship has offered a veritable landslide of studies about early modern women, illuminating them as writers, thinkers, midwives, mothers, in convents, at home, and as rulers. Musical Voices of Early Modern Women adds to the mix of early modern studies a volume that correlates women's musical endeavors to their lives, addressing early modern women's musical activities across a broad spectrum of cultural events and settings. The volume takes as its premise the notion that while women may have been squeezed to participate in music through narrower doors than their male peers, they nevertheless did so with enthusiasm, diligence, and success. They were there in many ways, but as women's lives were fundamentally different and more private than men's were, their strategies, tools, and appearances were sometimes also different and thus often unstudied in an historical discipline that primarily evaluated men's productivity. Given that, many of these stories will not necessarily embrace a standard musical repertoire, even as they seek to expand canonical borders. The contributors to this collection explore the possibility of a larger musical culture which included women as well as men, by examining early modern women in "many-headed ways" through the lens of musical production. They look at how women composed, assuming that compositional gender strategies may have been used differently when applied through her vision; how women were composed, or represented and interpreted through music in a larger cultural context, and how her presence in that dialog situated her in social space. Contributors also trace how women found music as a means for communicating, for establishing intellectual power, for generating musical tastes, and for enhancing the quality of their lives. Some women performed publicly, and thus some articles examine how this impacted on their lives and families. Other contributors inquire about the economics of music and women, and how in different situations some women may have been financially empowered or even in control of their own money-making. This collection offers a glimpse at women from home, stage, work, and convent, from many classes and from culturally diverse countries - including France, Spain, Italy, England, Austria, Russia, and Mexico - and imagines a musical history centered in the realities of those lives.

About Author

Thomasin LaMay, Goucher College, USA Contributors: Thomasin LaMay, Linda Phyllis Austern, Jeanice Brooks, Pilar Ramos Lopez, Shawn Marie Keener, Catherine Gordon-Seifert, Amanda Eubanks Winkler, Raphael Seligmann, Beth L. Glixon, Inna Naroditskaya, Colleen Reardon, Colleen Baade, Enrique Alberto Arias, Jennifer Thomas, Janet Pollack, Suzanne Cusick.


Contents: Introduction To The Many Headed Ones: Preliminaries, Thomasin LaMay; Portrait of the artist as (female) musician, Linda Phyllis Austern. Women En-Voiced: Chivalric romance, courtly love and courtly song: female vocality and feminine desire in the world of Amadis de Gaule, Jeanice Brooks; Music and women in Early Modern Spain: some discrepancies between educational theory and musical practice, Pilar Ramos LA(3)pez; Virtue, illusion, VenezianitA : vocal bravura and the early Cortigiana Onesta, Shawn Marie Keener; Strong men - weak women: gender representation and the influence of Lully's 'operatic style' on French Airs Serieux (1650-1700), Catherine E. Gordon-Seifert. Women On Stage: From whore to Stuart ally: musical Venuses on the Early Modern English stage, Amanda Eubanks Winkler; With a sword by her side and a lute in her lap: Moll Cutpurse at the Fortune, Raphael Seligmann; La sirena antica dell'Adriatico: Caterina Porri, a 17th-century Roman prima donna on the stages of Venice, Bologna, and Pavia, Beth L. Glixon; Serf actresses in the Tsarinas' Russia: social class cross-dressing in Russian serf theaters of the 18th century, Inna Naroditskaya. Women from the Convents: The good mother, the reluctant daughter, and the convent: a case of musical persuasion, Colleen Reardon; 'Hired' nun musicians in Early Modern Castile, Colleen Baade; Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz and music: Mexico's 'tenth muse', Enrique Alberto Arias. Women, Collections, And Publishing: Patronage and personal narrative in a music manuscript: Marguerite of Austria, Katherine of Aragon, and London Royal 8 G.vii, Jennifer Thomas; Composing from the throat: Madalena Casulana's Primo libro de madrigali, 1568, Thomasin LaMay; Princess Elizabeth Stuart as musician and muse, Janet Pollack; Epilogue: Francesca among women, a '600 gynecentric view, Suzanne Cusick. Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780754637424
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 470
  • ID: 9780754637424
  • weight: 787
  • ISBN10: 0754637425

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