"History tells us that there are no great women composers. Full stop. It's not just history which tells us this. Look at the programmes of the symphony, any symphony. Look no farther than your radio. There are no great women composers. I want to say it's an open debate. There are no great women composers according to whom, and for whom?
But, then, what is there to debate? They aren't there.
There is a habit of thinking that history will prove the greatness of something. Time will tell. But who is doing the telling? Who is keeping, preserving, writing about, and performing the music? History has been HIS story."
From Linda Catlin Smith's Composing Identity: What is a woman composer?
"As long as the entitled and powerful decide what platforms are made available, they also decide what and who is allowed to be heard. It’s a form of passive censorship.
Like the tree falling in the forest with nobody to hear it – does it make a sound? If there is no platform for women composers how can we hear what they have to say?
From Michael Haas's "Female Composers: 'Degenerate,' 'Deviant' or Deliberately Downgraded?"
publications, bibliographies, databases, lists, and other resources on kapralova.org
the women in music anthology | published by the kapralova societydatabase: women composers of classical music | by the kapralova society
kapralova society journal: a journal of women in music | published by the kapralova society
the woman composer question bibliography | by eugene gates
the agnes tyrrell catalogue of published works | by the kapralova society
women in music resources | by the kapralova society
database: women composers of experimental music, music for stage & screen, and jazz | by the kapralova society
database: czech women composers | by karla hartl
database: women conductors | by karla hartl
the woman conductor question bibliography | by karla hartl
article: contemporary american women composers of choral music (part I) | by jennifer kelly
article: contemporary american women composers of choral music (part II) | by jennifer kelly
list of american women composers of choral music | by g.d. cannady
list of iberoamerican and spanish women composers | by cecilia piñero gil
recommended recordings | by karla hartl
recommended outside links
the listening to ladies podcast series with elisabeth blairthe music of louise farrenc, pauline viardot, louise héritte-viardot, and fanny mendelssohn
the 'first ladies of music' and 'a note to you' radio series with virginia eskin:
the music of clara schumann, teresa carreño, agathe backer grøndahl, and cecile chaminade
the music of margaret ruthven lang, mary howe, carrie jacobs-bond, and amy beach
the music of lili boulanger, germaine tailleferre, florence price, may aufderheide, mary watson, judith lang zaimont, marjorie merryman, and adaline shepherd
the music of marion bauer, mana-zucca, ruth crawford, and rebecca clarke
the music of rebecca clarke
amy: the life and music of amy beach documentary
dora: the life and music of dora pejacevic documentary
Advocating for women in music since 1998