A Guide to Piano Music by Women Composers - Vol. 1

A Guide to Piano Music by Women Composers - Vol. 1

A Guide to Piano Music by Women Composers - Vol. 1

A Guide to Piano Music by Women Composers - Vol. 1

Synopsis

Designed as a practical reference guide for professional pianists and piano teachers, A Guide to Piano Music by Women Composers, Volume I, is an annotated catalogue of the available piano music in print composed by 144 women born before the 20th century. The work also features biographies and extensive bibliographical information for each composer. Arranged alphabetically by composer into categories including single works, collections, and anthologies, the music is also described in terms of grade level, genre, mood, style characteristics, and technical requirements, and ranges in difficulty from late elementary to virtuoso concert repertoire. As far too many teachers, students, professional musicians, and audiences are unaware of the contributions made by women in music, and of the beauty and merit of their specific compositions, this reference work provides an invaluable addition to the current literature.

Excerpt

A Guide to Piano Music by Women Composers, Volume I, is an annotated catalogue of the solo piano music in print composed by 144 women born before 1900, from Ella Adaiëwsky to Grete von Zieritz. It is also a bio-bibliographical reference work containing short biographies of each composer compiled from many secondary musicological sources. Designed as a practical reference volume for pianists and piano teachers, the biographies incorporate the pertinent facts about the personal lives, training, career, and compositions of each woman, and include a list of sources consulted. The music is described in terms of grade level, genre, mood, style characteristics, and technical requirements, and ranges in difficulty from late elementary to virtuoso concert repertoire.

A survey of keyboard reference materials disclosed a need for an index of available piano music written by women composers, in order to encourage inclusion of their works in the standard teaching and performance repertoire. Far too many students, teachers, professional artists, and audiences are still unaware of the contributions made by women in music, and of the beauty and merit of their specific compositions. The music incorporated here is as worthy of performance as any in the standard repertoire, and it is sincerely hoped that this volume will make it easier for teachers and pianists to find and perform music written by women.

The study contains only music readily available at time of writing from music publishers and distributors. It consists of single works, music in collections and anthologies, and music in reference series. No transcriptions or arrangements of music for other instruments are included, with the exception of Gail Smith’s arrangement of a plainchant by Hildegard von Bingen. Only music

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