This thesis examines the advancement in the position of women musicians that occurred in the late nineteenth century as a result of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Although many women benefitted from the attention gained at the Exposition, six American women composers had the unique opportunity to premiere their music at concerts: Amy Beach, Clara Kathleen Rogers, Margaret Ruthven Lang, Mary Knight Wood, Kate Vannah, and Helen Hood. Each of these women, in her own way, contributed to the professional music realm as a result of the exposure she received.
Despite the prejudicial view that deeply penetrated this era towards women who seriously studied musical composition, the lives of these women reveal exceptional musical training that provided them with an undaunted spirit needed to persevere in a musical career. This study shows how these women crossed the gender barrier, ultimately gaining respect from their male counterparts.
|Commitee:||Forney, Kristine, Hickman, Roger|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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