Pioneer Violin Virtuose in the Early Twentieth Century Maud Powell, Marie Hall, and Alma Moodie: A Gendered Re-Evaluation
Tatjana Goldberg reveals the extent to which gender and socially constructed identity influenced female violinists’ ‘separate but unequal’ status in a great male-dominated virtuoso lineage by focussing on the few that stood out: the American Maud Powell (1867–1920), Australian-born Alma Moodie (1898–1943), and the British Marie Hall (1884–1956). Despite breaking down traditional gender-based patriarchal social and cultural norms, becoming celebrated soloists, and greatly contributing towards violin works and the early recording industry (Powell and Hall), they received little historical recognition. Goldberg provides a more complete picture of their artistic achievements and the impact they had on audiences.
1. She wants to play the violin!; 2. The 'angelic' counterparts; 3. Maud Powell: I must carry a message as long as I am able; 4. Marie Pauline Hall: transcending limitations; 5. Alma Moodie: from praise to oblivion; 6. Virtuose's shared experiences towards the hall of fame