"History tells us that there are no great women composers. Full stop. It's not just history which tells us this. Look at the programmes of the symphony, any symphony. Look no farther than your radio. There are no great women composers. I want to say it's an open debate. There are no great women composers according to whom, and for whom?
But, then, what is there to debate? They aren't there.
There is a habit of thinking that history will prove the greatness of something. Time will tell. But who is doing the telling? Who is keeping, preserving, writing about, and performing the music? History has been HIS story."
From Linda Catlin Smith's Composing Identity: What is a woman composer?
"As long as the entitled and powerful decide what platforms are made available, they also decide what and who is allowed to be heard. It’s a form of passive censorship.
Like the tree falling in the forest with nobody to hear it – does it make a sound? If there is no platform for women composers how can we hear what they have to say?
From Michael Haas's "Female Composers: 'Degenerate,' 'Deviant' or Deliberately Downgraded?"
articles, bibliographies, lists, databases, and other resources
the kapralova society journal | a journal of women in music published by the kapralova society
the woman composer question | bibliography by eugene gates
women composers' music | list of recommended recordings, by karla hartl
women in music resources | list of recommended resources, by the kapralova society
women composers of classical music | database by the kapralova society
women composers of new music, music for the stage & screen, jazz | list by the kapralova society
american women composers of choral music | list by gregg d. cannady et al.
american women composers of choral music | article by gregg d.cannady
canadian women composers of choral music | project by choir alberta
contemporary american women composers of choral music | article by jennifer kelly
contemporary american women composers of choral music | article (cont.) by jennifer kelly
iberoamerican and spanish women composers | database by cecilia piñero gil (a project of musicologia feminista)
czech women composers | database by karla hartl
women conductors | database by karla hartl
the woman conductor question | bibliography by karla hartl
articles about historical women composers
agathe backer grondahl
fanny mendelssohn hensel
clara wieck schumann
ethel smyth and sexual aesthetics and english opera
interviews with select women conductors
odaline de la martinez
This has been an online project of The Kapralova Society. Advocating for women in music since 1998.