Classical Women : They broke barriers in the world of music
The book Classical Women by Noel Culleton tells the amazing life stories of 26 female composers and how they broke the male-dominated barriers to composing great music.
For centuries, women’s predominant role in life was to marry and seek fulfilment in rearing children.
Husbands held the power to decide what their wives could or should not do. Career pathways for women were rare. Society stifled female ambition and being a woman composer or part of the performing arts was seen as a questionable profession.
From the time of Hildegard von Bingen in the 11th century, it was not until the late 1500s that a few brave women began to compose in earnest, although prejudice against them remained for several more centuries.
In the 20th and 21st centuries, the numbers of female composers have thankfully proliferated as prejudices against women declined.
This inspirational book is illustrated by David Mahon of Wexford with wonderful watercolour portraits of the composers.
|Author||Noel Culleton. Illustrated by David Mahon|
|Publisher||Three Sisters Press|
|Publication date||15 Jun 2022|