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Author Porter, Cecelia Hopkins.

Title Five lives in music : women performers, composers, and impresarios from the baroque to the present / Cecelia Hopkins Porter.

Imprint Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2012.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    780.9252 POR    Available
Description xiv, 244 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [229]-237) and index.
Contents List of figures -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1: Duchess Sophie-Elisabeth: composer, harpsichordist, and impresario in the North German baroque -- 2: Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre: Versailles and Paris in the twilight of the ancien regime -- 3: Josephine Lang: music of romanticism in South German cultural life -- 4: Maria Bach: Vienna from imperial splendor to the Second Republic -- 5: Ann Schein: American concert pianist in today's world -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
Summary Overview: Representing a historical cross-section of performance and training in Western music since the seventeenth century, Five Lives in Music brings to light the private and performance lives of five remarkable women musicians and composers. Elegantly guiding readers through the Thirty Years War in central Europe, elite courts in Germany, urban salons in Paris, Nazi control of Germany and Austria, and American musical life today, as well as personal experiences of marriage, motherhood, and widowhood, Cecelia Hopkins Porter provides valuable insights into the culture in which each woman was active. Porter begins with the Duchess Sophie-Elisabeth of Braunschweig-Lueneberg, a harpsichordist who also presided over seventeenth-century North German court music as an impresario. At the forefront of French Baroque composition, composer Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de La Guerre bridged a widening cultural gap between the Versailles nobility and the urban bourgeoisie of Paris. A century later, Josephine Lang, a prodigiously talented pianist and dedicated composer, participated at various times in the German Romantic world of lieder through her important arts salon. Lastly, the twentieth century brought forth two exceptional women: Baroness Maria Bach, a composer and pianist of twentieth-century Vienna's upper bourgeoisie and its brilliant musical milieu in the era of Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Arnold Schoenberg, and Erich Korngold; and Ann Schein, a brilliant and dauntless American piano prodigy whose career, ongoing today though only partially recognized, led her to study with the legendary virtuosos Arthur Rubinstein and Myra Hess. Mining musical autographs, unpublished letters and press reviews, interviews, and music archives in the United States and Europe, Porter probes each musician's social and economic status, her education and musical training, the cultural expectations within the traditions and restrictions of each woman's society, and other factors. Throughout the lively and focused portraits of these five women, Porter finds common threads, both personal and contextual, that extend to a larger discussion of the lives and careers of female composers and performers throughout centuries of music history.
Subject Sophie Elisabeth, Duchess, consort of August, Duke of Braunschweig-L√ľneburg, 1613-1676.
Jacquet de La Guerre, Elisabeth-Claude, 1665-1729.
Lang, Josephine, 1815-1880.
Bach, Maria, 1896-1978.
Schein, Ann.
Women musicians -- Biography.
Women composers -- Biography.
Musicians -- Biography.
Composers -- Biography.
Added Title 5 lives in music
ISBN 9780252037016 (cloth: alkaline paper)
0252037014 (cloth: alkaline paper)
9780252080098 (paperback)

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