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Author Head, Matthew.
Title Sovereign Feminine : Music and Gender in Eighteenth-Century Germany.
Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, 2013.

Subject Gender identity in music.
Women musicians -- Germany -- History -- 18th century.
Music -- Social aspects -- Germany -- History -- 18th century.
Music -- Germany -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
Description 1 online resource (351 pages)
Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; List of Illustrations; Preface and Acknowledgments; Introduction: Fictions of Female Ascendance; 1 Europe's Living Muses: Women, Music, and Modernity in Burney's History and Tours; 2 ""If the pretty little hand won't stretch"": Music for the Fair Sex; 3 Charlotte (""Minna"") Brandes and the Beautiful Dead; 4 An Evening in Tiefurt: Corona Schröter's Die Fischerin and Vegetable Genius; 5 Sophie Westenholz and the Eclipse of the Female Sign; 6 Beethoven Heroine: A Female Allegory of Music and Authorship in Egmont; Conclusion.
Appendix: Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Two Prefaces to the Fair SexNotes; Bibliography; Index.
Summary In the German states in the late eighteenth century, women flourished as musical performers and composers, their achievements measuring the progress of culture and society from barbarism to civilization. Female excellence, and related feminocentric values, were celebrated by forward-looking critics who argued for music as a fine art, a component of modern, polite, and commercial culture, rather than a symbol of institutional power. In the eyes of such critics, femininity--a newly emerging and primarily bourgeois ideal--linked women and music under the valorized signs of refinement, sensibility.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
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ISBN 9780520954762 (electronic bk.)
0520954769 (electronic bk.)
1299444415
9781299444416
0520273842 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780520273849 (cloth ; alk. paper)
ISBN/ISSN 40022264121
OCLC # 836401269
Additional Format Print version: Head, Matthew. Sovereign Feminine : Music and Gender in Eighteenth-Century Germany. Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2013 9780520273849