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Gender, Age and Musical Creativity

1st Edition

By Catherine Haworth, Lisa Colton


238 pages

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From the perennially young, precocious figure of 'little orphan Annie' to the physical and vocal ageing of the eighteenth-century castrato, interlinked cultural constructions of age and gender are central to the historical and contemporary depiction of creative activity and its audiences. Gender, Age and Musical Creativity takes an interdisciplinary approach to issues of identity and its representation, examining intersections of age and gender in relation to music and musicians across a wide range of periods, places, and genres, including female patronage in Renaissance Italy, the working-class brass band tradition of northern England, twentieth-century jazz and popular music cultures, and the contemporary 'New Music' scene. Drawing together the work of musicologists and practitioners, the collection offers new ways in which to conceptualise the complex links between age and gender in both individual and collective practice and their reception: essays explore juvenilia and 'late' style in composition and performance, the role of public and private institutions in fostering and sustaining creative activity throughout the course of musical careers, and the ways in which genres and scenes themselves age over time.


"Gender, Age and Musical Creativity is a welcome addition to this growing body of scholarship. The essays, proceedings from a 2012 conference at the Univer-sity of Hudders? eld, are a rich and varied collection of case studies about age, gen-erational change, the passage of time, and how individuals and communities nego-tiate age and change…The book’s most valuable contribution to the scholarly discourse on music, age, and gender lies in its contributors’ insightful arguments about status, value, and genre." - Alexandra M. Apolloni, Women & Music

“As a contribution to the body of scholarship concerned with age, gender and music, this is an eclectic and rich collection of thought-provoking case studies that establishes the complexity and significance of this area across time and place. For the popular music scholar, the diversity of topics demonstrates how issues

of age and gender relevant to the study of popular music exist in a wide historical and geographical context of socio-cultural continuity and change.” - Helen Elizabeth Davies, Popular Music

"Gender, Age, and Musical Creativity is absolutely a “must” for libraries of feminist musical scholarship. The variety is terrific, and all of the articles are written so that an experienced scholar or someone new to this type of discussion can understand and benefit. Acquire this publication and use it to inform your own work and also the work of your students and colleagues. A delight-fully, instructive experience!" - Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner, University of North Texas, IAWM Journal Volume 24, No.1 2018

About the Authors


Lisa Marie Colton

Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

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Catherine Haworth is Lecturer in Music at the University of Huddersfield, UK. Her research focuses upon musical practices of representation and identity construction across various media, particularly film music. Recent projects include articles on scoring the female detective, music and medicine in the gaslight thriller, and editorship of a gender and sexuality special issue of Music, Sound and the Moving Image. Lisa Colton is Subject Leader for Music at the University of Huddersfield, UK, where she directs the Centre for the Study of Music, Gender and Identity. Her research interests focus on British music of the Middle Ages and of the twentieth century, particularly in relation to questions of reception. Her forthcoming book (for Ashgate) is entitled Angel Song: Medieval English Music in History.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Life Stages / General
MUSIC / Ethnomusicology