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


Part of Cambridge Studies in Music Theory and Analysis

  • Date Published: February 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521640305

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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 a unique approach to a rich body of music that deserves theoretical scrutiny and provides information on both the lives and music of these fascinating women, skilfully interweaving history and musical analysis in ways that both the specialist and the more general reader will find compelling. In this important study, Ellie Hisama has employed forms of analysis by which she links musical characteristics with aspects of the composers' identities. This is revealing both for questions of music and gender and the continuing search for meaning in music. The book thus draws attention to the value of the music of these three composers and contributes to the body of analytical work concerned with the explanation of musical language.

    • 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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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2001
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521640305
    • length: 220 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 178 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • 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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