Women and Music in America Since 1900: An Encyclopedia [Two Volumes] / Edition 1

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The 20th century heard a rich sound coming from America: women making music. Other works may be strictly biographical or cover only one type of musician. This two volume, A-to-Z encyclopedia represents the first major effort to describe the role of women in all forms of music in the U.S. since 1900. Entries cover such material as, important individuals, biographical overviews, gender issues, education, music genres, honors and awards, organizations, and professions.

The significance of an individual's contribution, rather than their popularity, determined who was featured in this collection. Included individuals must also have been born in, been a resident of, or made most of her contributions in the U.S. Each entry concludes with a short list of further readings. Photos accompany nearly 100 entries. A preface, an introductory historical overview, a chronology, a guide to related topics, a list of contributors, a general bibliography, and an index help to present the full spectrum of American women who changed the face of music in the 1900s.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Burns's compilation analyzes important contributions by topic but more importantly in terms of its cultural interpretation of women and music. This set will become an essential reference tool. Highly recommended. All collections."



"[N]o other source so comprehensively covers American women and music simultaneously. Enthusiastically recommended for large public and music libraries."


Library Journal, Starred Review

"[P]rovides useful context and a unique perspective. This set would be a valuable addition to academic and larger public libraries as well as any library that specializes in music or in women's studies."


Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin

"… [t]he set will have a wide appeal to the general reader and undergraduate-level user….Many significant topics are brought together and defined in a straightforward manner, a convenience for anyone teaching or participating in an introductory course on women and gender issues in music….[w]ill appeal to some audiences because of it's straightforward style, well-organized presentation of information, and helpful review articles on music education, gender, and feminist theory, musical genres, and the like."


Journal of Music Library Association

Library Journal
Burns (music, Florida Intl. Univ.) oversees this alphabetically arranged reference set on women composers, performers, teachers, and scholars from all genres of music since 1900, as well as issues, organizations, and broad topics. Individuals were selected for having made "contributions that have advanced the role of women in music" rather than for popular appeal. Thus, Jean Ritchie, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, and Melissa Etheridge rated full articles, while Hazel Dickins, Lucy Shelton, and Holly Near did not. Advisory and editorial boards assisted in selecting both the 400-plus entries, which are signed and include short bibliographies, and the 200 featured authors, most of whom are not musicologists. These authors lend an earnest "dedicated amateur" aspect to the project, which makes it accessible and yet invites further research. Typical of the thematic entries are the essays under "F": "Female Inferiority, Theories of," three articles headed "Feminist" (music criticism, music theory, and musicology), "Film Music," "Fluxus," "Folk Music," and "Fraternities and Sororities." These "foundation entries" may mention women for whom there are no separate entries or may supplement information found elsewhere in the book. Presumably, the index (not seen) will lead readers to people whose names appear only in the topical essays. The text includes 100 photos, most familiar studio portraits of performers, and a compiled bibliography concludes Volume 2. There are encyclopedias that cover American music (e.g., The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians) and others that address specific genres of women in music (e.g., Virginia L. Grattan's American Women Songwriters: A Biographical Dictionary), but no other source so comprehensively covers American women and music simultaneously. Enthusiastically recommended for large public libraries and music libraries.-Bonnie Jo Dopp, Univ. of Maryland Libs., College Park Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573562676
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 814
  • Product dimensions: 7.24 (w) x 10.34 (h) x 2.40 (d)

Meet the Author

KRISTINE H. BURNS is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of the Electronic Music Studios, Florida International University.

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Historical Overview


Guide to Related Topics

Women and Music in America Since 1900: An Encyclopedia



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