Is music a universal language?
Since this question is the title of the post and I’m big into Betteridge’s Law, you have probably already figured out that my answer is a resounding NO.
|Beethoven, the disembodied name of a|
musical deity, in Boston's Symphony Hall
|Cécile Chaminade wonders when she'll be heard on|
the radio as often as Maurice Duruflé.
Thinking about the reception and perception of female composers after reading several interesting threads starring @K_Leonard_PhD @MWilsonKimber @LindaHyphen and others... 1/?— Emily E Hogstad (@song_of_lark) December 19, 2017
I loved this observation by @MWilsonKimber. Even an amateur historian like me can attest: this is SO TRUE, and you can see it simply by reading about historical musical women or (better yet) consulting old newspapers. 3/? pic.twitter.com/B796aBprjC— Emily E Hogstad (@song_of_lark) December 19, 2017
The most striking example I've personally come across was this Amy Beach Minneapolis Symphony review from 1917, which I tweeted earlier this year. 4/? pic.twitter.com/ZtjZfaRk9y— Emily E Hogstad (@song_of_lark) December 19, 2017
|Amy Beach, an actual woman composer of the 19th century!|
Hey @musihist, what happened OTD in music history that isn't about a man? How about tomorrow? And the day after that?— (((Kendra Leonard))) (@K_Leonard_PhD) December 15, 2017
Follow us and find out.— MusicandHistory (@musihist) December 15, 2017
Since Dec 1, you've posted more than 150 tweets. Only two are about women. That's a terrible ratio. https://t.co/8Uq1C94YtP— (((Kendra Leonard))) (@K_Leonard_PhD) December 18, 2017
And THERE is the myth! Dr. Leonard summoned me:We can't change the fact that until very recently, women in western music were discouraged from pursuing composition. But we try to make known those who did, and are, creating great works.— MusicandHistory (@musihist) December 18, 2017
Note: She used my personal Twitter handle (@LindaHypen) instead of the one I use only for this blog (@MusHistCliches). Feel free to follow this account for musicological discussions like this one, but be aware that I also tweet about my cancer, my son, and my cat..@LindaHyphen want to take on the fallacious argument here that this site/account can't post equally about women because of biased historiography? https://t.co/kfbl7osESZ— (((Kendra Leonard))) (@K_Leonard_PhD) December 18, 2017
|And technically correct is the best kind of correct.|