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Gender and the Musical Canon Marcia J. Citron

Gender and the Musical Canon

Marcia J. Citron

Published July 30th 1993
ISBN : 9780521449748
Paperback
320 pages
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Why is music composed by women so marginal to the standard classical repertoire? In attempting to answer this fundamental question, this book examines the practices and attitudes that have led to the exclusion of women composers from the receivedMoreWhy is music composed by women so marginal to the standard classical repertoire? In attempting to answer this fundamental question, this book examines the practices and attitudes that have led to the exclusion of women composers from the received canon of performed musical works. Focusing on the tradition since 1800, Marcia J. Citron makes substantial use of feminist and interdisciplinary theory. After introducing the notion of canon and its role in cultural discourse, she explores important elements of canon formation: creativity, professionalism, music as gendered discourse, and reception. A final chapter provides a critique of many of these ideas with respect to the canon of the university music history curriculum. Professor Citron shows how an understanding of canon formation illuminates some of the basic issues that affect the discipline as a whole.