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Subject: Re: A question about composers
From: Daniel Boyarin <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Daniel Boyarin <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 27 Nov 2008 18:25:24 -0800
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well in San Francisco, at any rate, it is hardly the case that the audience
for opera is largely women.
db


On Thu, Nov 27, 2008 at 6:18 PM, M. Rommel <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Dr. Dupoit,
>
> I take your question perfectly seriously, but just having finished reading
> your email, I was instantly put in  mind of a quote I sometimes use in my
> lectures: "There is no female Mozart because there is no female Jack the
> Ripper."
>
> I am not quite sure what that means altogether, but it often elicits a
> chuckle or two--a good rhetorical strategy when beginning a 'serious'
> lecture--and always provokes thoughtful discussion.
>
> There is a text (undergraduate level) you might find useful to consult by
> Janet Nichols _Women Music Makers: An Introduction to the Women Composers_
> 1992, in which the question you are to address is referred to.
>
> Good luck,
>
> Martin Rommel
>
> --- On Fri, 11/28/08, florence dupoit <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> From: florence dupoit <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: A question about composers
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Received: Friday, November 28, 2008, 11:05 AM
>
> I have been invited to present a talk for a sociology class who are
> studying the
> place of opera and music theater in modern society.  They have asked me to
> address one question in particular:
>
> The audience for opera worldwide, irrespective of age or location, is
> predominantly women.  Why, then are there almost no performances of operas
> by
> women composers?  (Kaija Saariaho and possibly Judith Weir seem to be the
> only
> exceptions.)
>
> And a corollary question:
>
> It is often said that women have composed very few operas. Is this because
> their work is not performed--rather than the other way around? At least in
> the
> 21st century?
>
> Thank you for any insights you may be able to offer.
>
> Dr. Florence Dupoit
> Montreal, Quebec
>
>
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