Gender, Age and Musical Creativity

Catherine Haworth, Lisa Colton

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From the perennially young, precocious figure of ‘little orphan Annie’ to the physical and vocal ageing of the eighteenth–century castrato, interlinked cultural constructions of age and gender are central to the historical and contemporary depiction of creative activity and its audiences. Gender, Age and Musical Creativity takes an interdisciplinary approach to issues of identity and its representation, examining intersections of age and gender in relation to music and musicians across a wide range of periods, places, and genres, including female patronage in Renaissance Italy, the working-class brass band tradition of northern England, twentieth-century jazz and popular music cultures, and the contemporary ‘New Music’ scene. Drawing together the work of musicologists and practitioners, the collection offers new ways in which to conceptualise the complex links between age and gender in both individual and collective practice and their reception: essays explore juvenilia and ‘late’ style in composition and performance, the role of public and private institutions in fostering and sustaining creative activity throughout the course of musical careers, and the ways in which genres and scenes themselves age over time.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon & New York
Number of pages238
ISBN (Electronic)9781472430861, 9781315584096
ISBN (Print)9781472430854, 1472430859
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2015


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