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Gendering Musical Modernism
The Music of Ruth Crawford, Marion Bauer, and Miriam Gideon

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Music Theory and Analysis

  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521028431

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  • This book explores the work of three significant American women composers of the twentieth century: Ruth Crawford, Marion Bauer and Miriam Gideon. It offers information on both their lives and music and skillfully interweaves history and musical analysis in ways that both the specialist and the more general reader will find compelling. Ellie Hisama suggests that recognizing the impact of a composer's identity on the music itself imparts valuable ways of hearing and understanding these works and breaks important new ground toward constructing a feminist music theory.

    • Richly interdisciplinary work on three significant American women composers - draws on music theory, music history, gender studies and cultural studies
    • Accessible to both the specialist and the more general reader
    • Breaks important ground towards constructing a feminist music theory
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This important and provocative study should suggest new paths for feminist analysis." CHOICE Nov 2001

    "...Hisama's general project and specific interpretations effectively illustrate new ways of mapping the influence of gender on musical structure... stimulating and original perspective..." Elizabeth Crist, Notes

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521028431
    • length: 220 pages
    • dimensions: 243 x 170 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.356kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 9 tables 25 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    List of examples
    Foreword Ian Bent
    List of abbreviations
    Note about technical terms
    1. Cultural analysis and post-tonal music
    2. The question of climax in Ruth Crawford's String Quartet, third movement
    3. Inscribing identities in Crawford's String Quartet, fourth movement
    4. The politics of contour in Crawford's 'Chinaman, Laundryman'
    5. Gender, sexuality, and performance in Marion Bauer's Toccata
    6. Musical sublimation in Bauer's 'Chromaticon'
    7. 'A Woman's Way of Responding to the World': Miriam Gideon's 'Night is My Sister'
    8. Feminist agency in Gideon's 'Esther'

  • Author

    Ellie M. Hisama, Columbia University, New York
    Ellie M. Hisama is Associate Professor of Music at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York and is Director of the Institute for Studies in American Music at Brooklyn College.


    Ian Bent

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