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In Her Own Words: Conversations with Composers in the United States
by Jennifer Kelly
University of Illinois Press, 2014
Paper: 978-0-252-08049-4 | eISBN: 978-0-252-09483-5 | Cloth: 978-0-252-03759-7
Library of Congress Classification ML390.K33 2013
Dewey Decimal Classification 780.92520973

This collection of new interviews with twenty-five accomplished female composers substantially advances our knowledge of the work, experiences, compositional approaches, and musical intentions of a diverse group of creative individuals. With personal anecdotes and sometimes surprising intimacy and humor, these wide-ranging conversations represent the diversity of women composing music in the United States from the mid-twentieth century into the twenty-first. The composers work in a variety of genres including classical, jazz, multimedia, or collaborative forms for the stage, film, and video games. Their interviews illuminate questions about the status of women composers in America, the role of women in musical performance and education, the creative process and inspiration, the experiences and qualities that contemporary composers bring to their craft, and balancing creative and personal lives. Candidly sharing their experiences, advice, and views, these vibrant, thoughtful, and creative women open new perspectives on the prospects and possibilities of making music in a changing world.

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