Women of note : the rise of Australian women composers / Rosalind Appleby.
Australian Artists Analysed in this Book
In the early twentieth century being a female composer was a
dangerous game; one composer was diagnosed as mentally insane by
her psychiatrist husband, several achieved success only after
their divorces and often the only way to get their music
published was to lie about their gender. Still, the allure of
writing music enticed women from all walks of life, and from the
convent and the nappy-change table women began to compose.
Music journalist Rosalind Appleby takes a fresh look at Australia's history and makes some startling discoveries about the contribution of women to Australian classical music. Women of Note puts together the missing pieces of history with well-researched snapshots of twenty women composers spanning the twentieth century to the present day.
Includes bibliographical references.
Includes discussion of the following composers: Margaret Sutherland, Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Miriam Hyde, Dulcie Holland, Mary Mageau, Betty Beath, Helen Gifford, Ann Carr-Boyd, Anne Boyd, Becky Llewellyn, Ros Bandt, Elena Kats-Chernin, Liza Lim, Mary Finsterer, Sarah Hopkins, Cathie Travers, Cat Hope, Camilla Hannan, Gail Priest.
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- Article: Women of Note: Teaching activity
The exploration of different perspectives of musical works by Australian women composers. Students investigate aspects of musical works using such perspectives as history, culture, meaning and interpretation. This investigation helps students to make meaning of their own world and to understand the worldviews of others. (Please refer also to the Australian Curriculum links at the end of the document)
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