Early American women composers are barely represented in standard reference works, yet their output constitutes a significant proportion of the bound sheet music in the collections in the New York Public Library, Yale University, Boston Public Library, and the New York Historical Society that form the basis of this study. Beginning with the first sheet music published by a woman in America, in the 1790s, the book goes on to examine music by mid-nineteenth century composers, including brief biographies of five prominent women active in the 1850s and 60s. Judith Tick is Professor of Music at Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts.
Table of Contents
Preface to the New Edition by Ruth SolieIntroductionThe Tradition of Music as a Feminine Accomplishment, 1770 to 1830Accomplishment Becomes Middle-ClassMusic in Female SeminariesHumble Beginnings, 1790 to 1825A Woman Composer's Place is in the Parlor: New Trends in Mid-CenturyFive Mid-Nineteenth-Century ComposersThe Emergence of a Professional Ethos for Women ComposersAppendix. Selected Compositions Published by Women in the U.S. before 1870