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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?

"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 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 classical music | 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 blair

    the 'first ladies of music' and 'a note to you' radio series with virginia eskin:

  • the music of louise farrenc, pauline viardot, louise héritte-viardot, and fanny mendelssohn
  • 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