Women and music in America since 1900: an encyclopedia, Volume 1
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 United States since 1900. 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 United States. 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. Book jacket.
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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 ...
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