In Her Own Words

In Her Own Words : Conversations with Composers in the United States

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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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Product details

  • Hardback | 475 pages
  • 162.56 x 236.22 x 40.64mm | 725.74g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 25 black and white photographs, discography
  • 0252037596
  • 9780252037597

About Jennifer Kelly

Jennifer Kelly is director of choral activities and assistant professor of music at Lafayette College, Pennsylvania, and the artistic director of the Concord Chamber Singers.

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Review quote

"This collection of interviews with women composers presents an exquisite picture of the power and beauty of human creativity. Each woman speaks with an eloquence, a force, or a poetry that distinguishes her as a vibrant, compelling artist."--Kristina G. Boerger, associate professor of music and director of choral activities, Carroll University

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