Women in Music – Classical and Instrumental

From Convent to Concert Hall: A Guide to Women Composers edited by Martha F. Schleifer. 2003. Greenwood, 416 pages.

From Spirituals to Symphonies: African-American Women Composers and Their Music by Helen Walker-Hill. 2007. University of Illinois Press, 428 pages.

Music and the Skillful Listener: American Women Compose the Natural World by Denise Von Glahn. 2013. Indiana University Press, 416 pages.

Music and the Southern Belle: From Accomplished Lady to Confederate Composer by Candace Bailey. 2010. Southern Illinois University Press, 272 pages.

The Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers edited by Julie Anne Sadie and Rhian Samuel. 1995. W. W. Norton & Company, 608 pages.

Sara Levy’s World: Gender, Judaism, and the Bach Tradition in Enlightenment Berlin edited by Rebecca Cypess and Nancy Sinkoff. 2018. University of Rochester Press, 292 pages.

Women Composers of Classical Music: 369 Biographies Through the Mid-20th Century by Mary F. Mcvicker. 2010. McFarland, 253 pages.

Women Composers: The Lost Tradition Found by Diane Peacock Jezic. 1994. Feminist Press at CUNY [second ed.], 272 pages.

The World of Women in Classical Music by Anne K. Gray. 2007. Word World Publishing, 1055 pages.

Madeleine Forte

Simply Madeleine: The Memoir Of A Post-World War II French Pianist by Madeleine Forte. 2011. AuthorHouse Publishing, 152 pages.

Olga Samaroff

American Virtuoso on the World Stage by Donna Staley Kline. 2012. Texas A&M University Press, 296 page.

Ruth Crawford Seeger

Ruth Crawford Seeger: A Composer’s Search for American Music by Judith Tick. 2000. Oxford University Press [revised], 488 pages.

Ethel Stark

From Kitchen to Carnegie Hall: Ethel Stark and the Montreal Women’s Symphony Orchestra by Maria Noriega Rachwal. 2015. Second Story Press, 208 pages.


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