Women in Classical Music

Course Description
Although women throughout history have always created music, their professional opportunities were often limited by the social customs that viewed music for women as more of an “ornament” than a profession. Despite the constraints placed on women musicians, history contains the stories of many women who carved their way in the world of classical music as composers, performers, patrons, and educators. This class traces the stories of the women whose talent and persistence could not be restrained.

Presentation Handout

Articles
Renaissance Women

A History of Women in Classical Music

The Middle Ages (500-1500)
The Renaissance (1400-1600)
The Baroque Era (1600-1750)
The Classical Era (1730-1820)
The Romantic Era (1815-1910)
The Modern Era (1900-1945)
The Postmodern Era (1945 to the present)
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Women Musicians of Our Time

Conducting
Marin Alsop
Simone Young
Susanna Mälkki
Xian Zhang
Joana Carneiro
Alondra de la Parra
Elim Chan
Piano
Martha Argerich

Maria João Pires
Dame Mitsuko Uchida
Angela Hewitt
Hélène Grimaud
Violin
Janine Jansen
Hilary Hahn
Nicola Benedetti
Cello
Sol Gabetta

Alisa Weilerstein
Guitar
Liona Boyd

Xuefei Yang
Ana Vidović
Sharon Isbin
Flute
Jasmine Choi

Trumpet
Alison Balsom

Tine Thing Helseth
Percussion
Dame Evelyn Glennie
Voice
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Anna Netrebko
Renée Fleming
Joyce DiDonato
Sandra Radvanovsky
Diana Damrau
Sasha Cooke