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Women of note


Women of note : the rise of Australian women composers / Rosalind Appleby.

  • 288 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
  • Published by Fremantle Press — 2012
  • Purchase Price: $36.36 (Usually ships in 3-8 business days) — Add to Cart
  • Library Availability: REF 780.9220994/3 — Reference (not for loan) copy only


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Australian Artists Analysed in this Book

 Margaret Sutherland
 Peggy Glanville-Hicks
 Miriam Hyde
 Dulcie Holland
 Mary Mageau
 Betty Beath
 Helen Gifford
 Ann Carr-Boyd
 Anne Boyd
 Ros Bandt
 Becky Llewellyn
 Elena Kats-Chernin
 Liza Lim
 Cathie Travers
 Mary Finsterer
 Sarah Hopkins
 Gail Priest
 Cat Hope
 Camilla Hannan

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In the early twentieth century being a female composer was a dangerous game; one composer was diagnosed as mentally insane by her psychiatrist husband, several achieved success only after their divorces and often the only way to get their music published was to lie about their gender. Still, the allure of writing music enticed women from all walks of life, and from the convent and the nappy-change table women began to compose.
Music journalist Rosalind Appleby takes a fresh look at Australia's history and makes some startling discoveries about the contribution of women to Australian classical music. Women of Note puts together the missing pieces of history with well-researched snapshots of twenty women composers spanning the twentieth century to the present day.

ISBN: 9781921888762

Selecting listening guide from Women of note (PDF document)


Includes discussion of the following composers: Margaret Sutherland, Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Miriam Hyde, Dulcie Holland, Mary Mageau, Betty Beath, Helen Gifford, Ann Carr-Boyd, Anne Boyd, Becky Llewellyn, Ros Bandt, Elena Kats-Chernin, Liza Lim, Mary Finsterer, Sarah Hopkins, Cathie Travers, Cat Hope, Camilla Hannan, Gail Priest.

Includes bibliographical references.

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- Article: Women of Note: Teaching activity
Rosalind Appleby
Freemantle Press
The exploration of different perspectives of musical works by Australian women composers. Students investigate aspects of musical works using such perspectives as history, culture, meaning and interpretation. This investigation helps students to make meaning of their own world and to understand the worldviews of others. (Please refer also to the Australian Curriculum links at the end of the document)

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