Date of Award
Master of Music
Gillian M Rodger
Tim Sterner Miller
Amy Beach (1867-1944), chamber music, Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979), Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901-1953), string quartet, string trio
This thesis examines how early twentieth century composers Amy Beach, Rebecca Clarke, and Ruth Crawford Seeger made careers for themselves as composers of chamber music during a time of great change. The thesis will examine the cultural expectations for women, the music scenes that each composer was surrounded with, the role of chamber music particularly as a medium, and how these women chose to pursue a career in composition despite the social prohibitions relating to women and work in this period. In the thesis, the string compositions of each composer depict how the women used the compositional techniques that they were educated in and their influences.
Martin, Jennifer, "What Do You Mean I Have to Stay Home?: Considering the Chamber Music of Three Female Composers at the Turn of the 20th Century" (2020). Theses and Dissertations. 2561.