Sovereign Feminine: Music and Gender in Eighteenth-Century Germany

Sovereign Feminine: Music and Gender in Eighteenth-Century Germany

Matthew Head


within the German states within the overdue eighteenth century, ladies flourished as musical performers and composers, their achievements measuring the growth of tradition and society from barbarism to civilization. woman excellence, and comparable feminocentric values, have been celebrated by means of forward-looking critics who argued for tune as a great artwork, an element of contemporary, well mannered, and advertisement tradition, instead of a logo of institutional strength. within the eyes of such critics, femininity—a newly rising and basically bourgeois ideal—linked girls and tune below the valorized symptoms of refinement, sensibility, advantage, patriotism, luxurious, and, in particular, good looks. This second in musical background was once eclipsed within the first a long time of the 19th century, and eventually erased from the music-historical checklist, by way of now common advancements: the formation of musical canons, a musical historical past in keeping with technical growth, the assumption of masterworks, authorial autonomy, the musical chic, and aggressively essentializing rules in regards to the courting among intercourse, gender and paintings. In Sovereign female, Matthew Head restores this previous musical background and explores the function that girls performed within the improvement of classical tune.

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