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"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?



publications, bibliographies, databases, lists, and other resources on kapralova.org

  • the women in music anthology | published by the kapralova society
  • kapralova society journal: a journal of women in music | published by the kapralova society

  • resources for women in music | by the kapralova society
  • bibliography "the woman composer question" | by eugene gates
  • illustrated bibliography "the woman conductor question" | by karla hartl
  • database: women composers of classical music | by the kapralova society
  • database: women composers of new music, music for stage & screen, and jazz | by the kapralova society
  • database: czech women composers | by karla hartl
  • database: women conductors | by karla hartl
  • list of american women composers of choral music | by g.d. cannady
  • list of iberoamerican and spanish women composers | by cecilia piņero gil
  • recommended recordings | by karla hartl

    women composers web pages: Agnes Tyrrell | Emmy Destinn | Slava Vorlova | Olga Jezkova | MusiCrones





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