240 pages | 33 B/W Illus.
Uncovering Music of Early European Women (1250 – 1750) brings together nine essays that investigate aspects of female music-making and musical experience in the medieval and early modern periods. Part I, "Notes from the Underground," treats the spirituality of women in solitude and in community. Parts II and III, "Interlude" and "Music for Royal Rivals," respond to Joan Kelly’s famous feminist question and suggest that women of a certain stature did have a Renaissance. Part IV, "Serenissime Sirene," plays with the notion of the allure of music and its risks in Venice during the Baroque.
The process of uncovering requires close listening to women’s creative endeavors in an ongoing effort to piece together equitably the terrain of early music. Contributors include: Cynthia J. Cyrus, Claire Fontijn, Catherine E. Gordon, Laura Jeppesen, Eva Kuhn, Anne MacNeil, Jason Stoessel, Elizabeth Randell Upton, and Laurence Wuidar.
An invaluable book for college students and scholars interested in the social and cultural meanings of women in early music.
Table of Contents
List of Figures with Caption Texts
List of Contributors
Notes from the Underground
Chapter 1. Secret Song and Music in the Visions of Hadewijch of Antwerp
Chapter 2. The Margin is the Message: The Changeable Mise-en-page as signal of Musicking in Nuns’ Liturgical Books in Late Medieval Freiburg im Breisgau
Cynthia J. Cyrus
Chapter 3. Uncovering the Musical Life of San Donato in Polverosa: Sister Maria Diacinta Paulsanti’s Processional
Chapter 4. Shaping Female Identity and Agency through Seventeenth-Century French Sacred Songs
Catherine E. Gordon
Chapter 5. Aesthetics of Performance in the Renaissance: Lessons from Noblewomen
Music for Royal Rivals
Chapter 6. Songs for Isabella d’Este
Chapter 7. Lucrezia Borgia’s Voice
Elizabeth Randell Upton
Chapter 8. Representations of Weeping in the Laments of Barbara Strozzi
Chapter 9. A Delicate Cage: The Life and Times of Andriana della Tiorba