Female-Voice Song and Women’s Musical Agency in the Middle Ages

Anna Kathryn Grau (Editor), Lisa Colton (Editor)

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This collection of seventeen essays newly identifies contributions to musical culture made by women before 1500 across Europe. You will learn about repertoire from such diverse locations as Iceland, Spain, and Italy, and encounter examples of musicianship from the gender-fluid professional musicians at the Islamicate courts of Syria to the nuns of Barking Abbey in England.

The book shows that women drove musical patronage, dissemination, composition, and performance, including within secular and ecclesiastical contexts, and also reflects on the reception of medieval women’s musical agency by both medieval poets and by modern recording artists.

Contributors are David Catalunya, Lisa Colton, Helen Dell, Annemari Ferreira, Rachel Golden, Gillian L. Gower, Anna Kathryn Grau, Carissa M. Harris, Louise McInnes, Lisa Nielson, Lauren Purcell-Joiner, Megan Quinlan, Leah Stuttard, Claire Taylor Jones, Melissa Tu, Angelica Vomera, and Anne Bagnall Yardley.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden
Number of pages528
ISBN (Electronic)9789004517035
ISBN (Print)9789004429680
Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2022

Publication series

NameBrill's Companions to the Musical Culture of Medieval and Early Modern Europe


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