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Poster or Presentation Title

Women Composers?! Imagine That...

Location

Sydnor Auditorium

Access Type

Open Access

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

6-4-2022 3:45 PM

End Date

6-4-2022 4:00 PM

Department

Music

Abstract

The Romantic Era emerged in 1830. During that time, there were social and societal changes regarding the position of women. Despite 1830 being the year that women started being able to vote, the runover for the way society perceived women as less than in comparison to men persisted. With the intent of improving music pedagogy and performance, the purpose of this research was to highlight and acknowledge the great works of the composers Clara Schumann (1819-1896), Fanny Mendelson (1805-1847), and Cecil Chaminade as women composers of the Romantic Period. The particular problems of this study were to (1) Highlight and acknowledge Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, and Cecil Chaminade as notable composers; (2) analyze the composing styles and attributes of Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelson, and Cecil Chaminade during the romantic period; and (3) consider how to write a piece of my own that embodies the styles of the Romantic Era in the eyes of Schumann Mendelssohn and Chaminade.

Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, and Cecil Chaminade were important woman composers of the Romantic Period. Schumann composed with improvisation, Mendelssohn composed with complexity, and Chaminade composed with mild chromaticism. To write my own piece embodying all of these aspects I would implement chromaticism, have sections of improvisation, and write complex rhythmic figures and harmonies. In conclusion, the romantic period had many greatly talented women composers; however, due to the time that the romantic period emerged, they struggled to achieve notable and popular status.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Cynthia Ramsey

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Apr 6th, 3:45 PM Apr 6th, 4:00 PM

Women Composers?! Imagine That...

Sydnor Auditorium

The Romantic Era emerged in 1830. During that time, there were social and societal changes regarding the position of women. Despite 1830 being the year that women started being able to vote, the runover for the way society perceived women as less than in comparison to men persisted. With the intent of improving music pedagogy and performance, the purpose of this research was to highlight and acknowledge the great works of the composers Clara Schumann (1819-1896), Fanny Mendelson (1805-1847), and Cecil Chaminade as women composers of the Romantic Period. The particular problems of this study were to (1) Highlight and acknowledge Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, and Cecil Chaminade as notable composers; (2) analyze the composing styles and attributes of Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelson, and Cecil Chaminade during the romantic period; and (3) consider how to write a piece of my own that embodies the styles of the Romantic Era in the eyes of Schumann Mendelssohn and Chaminade.

Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, and Cecil Chaminade were important woman composers of the Romantic Period. Schumann composed with improvisation, Mendelssohn composed with complexity, and Chaminade composed with mild chromaticism. To write my own piece embodying all of these aspects I would implement chromaticism, have sections of improvisation, and write complex rhythmic figures and harmonies. In conclusion, the romantic period had many greatly talented women composers; however, due to the time that the romantic period emerged, they struggled to achieve notable and popular status.