Three Women Opera Composers: A Musiciological Interpretation of Ingeborg von Bronsart, Ethel Smyth, and Thea Musgrave
|Author: ||Boyd, Melinda|
This book is intended to broaden our understanding of opera by investigating the contributions of selected women composers who successfully navigated educational, institutional and social restrictions, and traditions in order to bring their operas to the public theaters, where their lives, as well as their works, were subject to scrutiny and criticism of the musical press. Ingeborg von Bronsart (1840-1913), Ethel Smyth (1858-1944), and Thea Musgrave (b. 1928) all made distinguished contributions to their art, producing operas of considerable artistic merit that were admired by many of their contemporaries.
"From Francesca Caccini in 1625 to Kaija Saariaho and Unsuk Chin in the 21st century, women have been composing successful operas since opera began. Melinda Boyd's important work brings into light that history, and the achievements of the women who made it. What remains is for more of that history to be uncovered, and more of these operas to be just read about, but staged, heard, recorded, and enjoyed."
Dr. Laurel Parsons,
University of Alberta
Table of Contents
Part 1: Ingeborg von Bronsart
1. Ingeborg von Bronsart (1840-1913)
2. Wagnerian Intersections: Ingeborg von Bronsart's Hiarne(1891)
Part 2: Ethel Smyth
3. Ethel Smyth (1858-1944)
4. In Search of Tradition: Ethel Smyth's The Wreckers(1904)
Part 3: Thea Musgrave
5. Thea Musgrave (b. 1928)
6. Unmasking Thea Musgrave's Mary, Queen of Scots(1977)