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Woman's Work in Music   By: (1873-1940)

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[Illustration: CLARA (WIECK) SCHUMANN.]

WOMAN'S WORK IN MUSIC

Being an Account of Her Influence on the Art, in Ancient as well as Modern Times; A Summary of Her Musical Compositions, in the Different Countries of the Civilized World; and an Estimate of Their Rank in Comparison with Those of Men

By Arthur Elson

Author of "A Critical History of Opera," "Modern Composers of Europe," etc.

Illustrated

L C PAGE & COMPANY BOSTON PUBLISHERS

Copyright, 1903 By L. C. Page & Company (INCORPORATED)

All rights reserved

Third Impression, April, 1908

COLONIAL PRESS Electrotyped and Printed by C. H. Simonds & Co. Boston, U. S. A.

TO Mrs. Louis C. Elson TRUE TYPE OF SELF SACRIFICING WIFE AND MOTHER IN A MUSICAL FAMILY, THIS BOOK IS AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED BY HER SON

NOTE

Acknowledgments are due to Mr. Otto Fleishner, of the Boston Public Library, for his kindness in furnishing lists of periodical articles bearing on the subject of this book.

The Author.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. Ancient and Mythical 11 II. Mediæval 35 III. Wives of the Composers 61 IV. Clara and Robert Schumann 90 V. Other Musical Romances 111 VI. England 132 VII. Germany 154 VIII. France 174 IX. America 195 X. Other Countries 211 XI. Conclusion 234

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

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Clara (Weick) Schumann Frontispiece Eleanor of Aquitaine 50 Richard and Cosima Wagner 88 Marie Wieck 91 Marie Antoinette 114 Sybil Sanderson 130 Maggie Okey 144 Louisa Adolpha Lebeau 164 Adele Aus der Ohe 171 Cécile Louise Stephanie Chaminade 174 Augusta Mary Ann Holmes 178 Mrs. H. H. A. Beach 196 Julia Rivé King 204 Ingeborg von Bronsart 220 Teresa Carreño 232

WOMAN'S WORK IN MUSIC

CHAPTER I.

ANCIENT AND MYTHICAL

The Church of Rome, though admitting no women to a share in performing its services, has yet made a woman the patron saint of music. The religions of antiquity have paid even more homage to the weaker sex in the matter, as the multitude of musical nymphs and fostering goddesses will show.

Of Saint Cecilia herself little is known accurately. The very apocryphal legend states that about the year 230 a noble Roman lady of that name, who had been converted to Christianity, was forced into an unwilling marriage with a certain Valerian, a pagan... Continue reading book >>




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