Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Three Women Composers and Their Works for Viola and Piano: Marion Bauer, Miriam Gideon, and Vivian Fine and the Trajectory of Female Tradition in American Music
by Karlstrom, Sigrid, D.M.A., University of Hartford, 2018, 167; 10982811
Abstract (Summary)

The lives and careers of the three women composers Marion Bauer (1882-1955), Miriam Gideon (1906-1996), and Vivian Fine (1913-2000) spanned more than a century. Each wrote works for viola and piano, including Bauer's Sonata for Viola and Piano, op. 22, Gideon's Sonata for Viola and Piano, and Fine's Lieder for Viola and Piano. Together, these composers' careers encompass a number of important trends in the professional development of the twentieth century woman composer in the United States.

Women composers were hindered in their advancement and acknowledgement for a number of reasons. One of these was a lack of "female tradition", the absence of an existing community of successful women composers to look to as examples. Another was the "female affiliation complex", the idea that female professionals struggle to look toward their predecessors as models because the female tradition is devalued. First, this document will explore the lives and influences of Marion Bauer, Miriam Gideon, and Vivian Fine, aiming to contribute to a better understanding of how "female tradition" and the "female affiliation complex" affected these composers' lives. Second, each work for viola and piano will undergo theoretical analysis focusing on goal-directed linearity. Goal-directed linearity is an issue of interest to performers and will encourage a deeper understanding of the works in question, fostering their further performance and dissemination.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mori, Akane, Porfiris, Rita
Commitee:
School: University of Hartford
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- Connecticut
Source: DAI-A 80/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Music, Performing Arts, Gender studies
Keywords: Female affiliation complex, Female tradition, Women composers
Publication Number: 10982811
ISBN: 9780438992078
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