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"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?"



publications, bibliographies, lists, databases, and other resources on kapralova.org

  • the women in music anthology | published by the kapralova society
  • the woman composer question bibliography | by eugene gates
  • kapralova society journal: a journal of women in music | published by the kapralova society

  • women in music resources | by the kapralova society
  • recommended recordings of music by women | by karla hartl
  • 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
  • contemporary american women composers of choral music article part I | by jennifer kelly
  • contemporary american women composers of choral music article part II | by jennifer kelly
  • iberoamerican and spanish women composers comprensive list | by cecilia piñero gil
  • czech women composers database | by karla hartl
  • women conductors database | by karla hartl
  • the woman conductor question bibliography | by karla hartl

    interviews with women conductors published in kapralova society journal

  • laurence equilbey
  • jessica horsley
  • odaline de la martinez
  • eva meitner
  • maria segura-thijssen




    This has been an online project of The Kapralova Society. Advocating for women in music since 1998.