This diverse music collection, completely dedicated to the work of women, offers scholars of both musicology and women's studies a unique opportunity to explore the varied compositions of late 18th, 19th and early 20th century European and American women.
The collection features works by Amy Marcy Cheney Beach--the first woman composer to be performed by the New York Philharmonic Society in 1892; Lili Boulanger--the first woman to win the Prix de Rome in 1913; Nadia Boulanger; Pauline Viardot; Maria Malibran; Augusta Holmes; Ethel Smyth; Cécile Chaminade; Liza Lehmann; Teresa Del Riego; and many others.
For the first time, the works of significant women composers are available to study in one collection. Reflecting the remarkable talent, versatility and perseverance of these composers, the collection includes vocal, keyboard and instrumental music.
In addition to its interest to musicologists, the publication of sheet music -- often including lavishly illustrated covers -- offers a rich resource for gender studies and sociology. Scholars can review the changing status and concerns of women through both the genre and presentation of these works.
The collection is extremely well catalogued and is accompanied by a complete collection guide for greater research accessibility.