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Musiciste e compositrici 2. Creazione, interpretazione, didattica
edited by Bianca Maria Antolini, Orietta Caianiello, Milena Gammaitoni

(Voci di musiciste, 3)

XVI, 400 pp.; 21 x 14,8 cm

Musiciste e compositrici 2 (“Musicians and Composers 2”) is the sequel to the same-name volume that opened the “Voci di musiciste” series in 2021 as a mean to prompt an interdisciplinary exchange in music history studies. This book hosts twenty-one essays. There is new research on individual musicians active in Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries—composers (Emilia Giuliani, Louise Farrenc, Augusta Holmès, Lili Boulanger, Kaija Saariaho, Victoria Poleva), pianists/teachers (Penelope Bigazzi, Florica Musicescu), singers (Luigia and Virginia Boccabadati, Pauline Viardot), conductors and scholars (Erminia Romano), popular singers (Margot, Kay McCarthy), alongside essays exploring the salonnières in the Louis Philippe era, performers active in the first three decades of the Italian Radio, Italian female conductors of children’s choirs, and today’s composers in Ukraine and Italy. Reading their sundry stories shows how their different activities (composer, performer, teacher, etc.) are intertwined in their lives and how they managed to excel in different historical and cultural contexts, e.g. the 19th-century rediscovery of ancient music, the spread of avant-garde, the use of new media, protest song, and choral repertoire for children. The remaining essays address general issues, such as the creation of a new canon in classical music that should include female musicians, gender nomenclature, the female presence in today’s orchestra conducting, and American gender studies. Taken together, these essays outline a rich musical landscape. They unearth many unpublished documents, while also encouraging a more granular knowledge of women’s role in music history.

Essays by:
Maria Adele Ambrosio
Angela Annese
Luca Aversano
Paola Besutti
Orietta Caianiello
Carla Conti
Renzo Cresti
Carla Cuomo
Barbara De Angelis – Maristella Focaroli
Mariacarla De Giorgi
Salvatore Dell'Atti
Chiara Ferrari
Federica Fortunato
Milena Gammaitoni
Kay McCarthy
Lucia Navarrini
Sara Navarro-Lalanda
Fiorella Sassanelli
Enrica Tedeschi
Tullio Visioli
Antonietta Angelica Zucconi

Bianca Maria Antolini graduated in Pianoforte at the Perugia Conservatory and in Musicology at La Sapienza University, Rome. She taught Music History at the Conservatory of Perugia until 2020, as well as Musical Drama at the University of Calabria, History and Criticism of Musical Texts at the Tor Vergata University, Rome, History and Musical Historiography at the Milan Conservatory. She conceived and oversaw the research project on Italian music publishing promoted by the Società Italiana di Musicologia, editing the Dizionario degli editori musicali italiani (Pisa: ETS, two volumes). Since 1996 she has been editor-in-chief of the annual musicology review, Le fonti musicali in Italia. She chaired the Società Italiana di Musicologia from 2001 to 2006 and has been coordinating the publishing activity of the Società Editrice di Musicologia since 2013. She has also carried out intense and relentless research work, editing books by multiple authors and publishing essays in scholarly reviews, proceedings of scholarly meetings, and collective volumes. She has collaborated with music dictionaries and encyclopedias in Italy and abroad. Her research covers a wide variety of topics, including source research, music publishing in Europe, 17th- to 20th-century musical life in Italy, and the salon culture in Italy, with a special focus on musicians and salonnières.

Orietta Caianiello graduated in piano under Aldo Tramma at the Naples Conservatory, studied with Werner Genuit in Detmold (Germany) and Peter Feuchtwanger in London, and attended master classes by Marina Horak, Bernard Wambach, Massimiliano Damerini, and Elizabeth Sombart, as well as the Darmstädter Ferienkurse and the Tibor Varga Academy, Sion (Switzerland). She also graduated from the Art, Music, and Stage Arts Department, Roma Tre University. She is currently teaching Chamber Music at the Bari Conservatory and collaborating with the Testaccio Popular School of Music and the Résonnance International Association. She performed in the Freon Ensemble, Rome, and the Ianus Piano Duo; her many CDs, issued by Terre Sommerse, Stradivarius, and RaiTrade, include music by Gian Francesco Malipiero and Franco Donatoni, Olivier Messiaën’s Visions de l’Amen, and the anthologies, Italian News, Schumannesque, Sei per due, and Antonio’s Book. A member of the IAWM, she is actively researching and disseminating music by women composers by means of such endeavors as the Bari Conservatory research project, L'Ombra Illuminata, the music festival, Le Compositrici, and the Roma Tre University meeting, Le Musiciste.

Milena Gammaitoniis an adjunct professor of General Sociology at the Department of Education, Roma Tre University. She earned a Ph.D. in Social Theory and Research, La Sapienza University, Rome, and a post-doctorate at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, then specializing in qualitative research in social sciences (La Sapienza), equal opportunities, and the history of women’s thought (Roma Tre). She taught sociology disciplines at Roma Tre, Jagiellonian University, Krakow (Poland), Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, and the Université d’Evry-Paris. Her research areas are issues of identity, qualitative and complementary social research methods, and the social condition of artists. She authored The Musician’s Social Function (EDUP, 2004), The Poet’s Social Action. Wisława Szymborska in the Lives of Readers in Poland and Italy (Franco Angeli, 2005), and Lives of European Women Artists. From the Middle Ages to Contemporary Era (Cleup, 2013). She was also editor of Toward a Sociology of the Arts. History and Lives (Cleup, 2012) and Arts and Politics. Answers from Sociology (Cleup, 2015). Two more books, Sociology of the Arts: Theory and Research (Cleup) and the updated edition of Lives of European Women Artists (London: Springer) are currently in print. She is co-editor of the Sociological Attractions book series (Cleup) with Ignazia Maria Bartholini.


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