Extraordinary Women in Support of Music / Edition 1

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Overview

Now in paperback! Mona Mender celebrates the fascinating and diverse women who have done us all a great service by furthering music and helping musicians. Her tribute begins with a brief history that places these women in their proper historical backgrounds. The main part of the book is devoted to the women themselves, most of whom are well-known, including Lucrezia Borgia, Coco Chanel, Gertrude Stein, Catherine de Medici, Queen Elizabeth I, Nadia Boulanger, and Isadora Duncan. Many of these women were the power behind the development of the Metropolitan Opera, the Hollywood Bowl, Tanglewood, Aspen, and other institutions, festivals and organizations. Although the roles of the women vary—from supportive mothers and sisters, to patronesses, wives and lovers, and then inspired teachers and creative administrators—they all have one thing in common: they have contributed their support, their passion, and commitment to music and the lives of musicians. For high school, public, and academic libraries. Cloth edition published in 1997.

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Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
...a masterly capsulized history of music in the Western tradition...entries are balanced biographies filled with insightful commentary and generous citations...with compassion and regret, Mender expresses the yearnings of prefeminist music lovers and the philosophies of their eras which relegated them to the background of the art world...altogether, Mender's work is a surprisingly delightful compendium.
SymphonyNOW
...a fascinating set of vignettes on musically significant women from Eleanor of Acquitaine and Queen Elizabeth I to orchestra activist Helen M. Thompson and the renowned violin teacher Dorothy DeLay.
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
...a labor of love that delivers more enjoyable reading than its scholarly title promises...rich in information...a fascinating look at the course of Western history from a musical perspective.
American Reference Books Annual
...a masterly capsulized history of music in the Western tradition...entries are balanced biographies filled with insightful commentary and generous citations...with compassion and regret, Mender expresses the yearnings of prefeminist music lovers and the philosophies of their eras which relegated them to the background of the art world...altogether, Mender's work is a surprisingly delightful compendium.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810846555
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 322
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Mona Mender has supported the arts in her own way as a teacher of piano and music theory, Chair of the Board of Regents and member of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. She also is the author of Music Manuscript Preparation: A Concise Guide (Scarecrow, 1991).

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