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Williams, R. 2022. The Muted Woman: A Lovey-Dovey Themed Recital, From A Man's Point Of View. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Copyright Raven Williams 2022.


This senior thesis consists of a vocal recital, accompanying program notes, and research regarding the struggles of women composers as music evolved through its Ancient, Baroque, Classic, Romantic and Contemporary periods. The recital includes a compilation of love songs by French, Italian, English, and German composers, in particular Gabriel Fauré, the often-forgotten Stefano Donaudy, Samuel Barber, Roger Quilter, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Joseph Haydn. This paper incorporates biographical information, analysis, performance history and cultural insights into the overshadowed women composers that prospered around the same time period as the men of the former. Specifically, Nadia Boulanger, Nannerl Mozart, Alice Mary Smith, Amy Beach, Ethel Smyth, and Clara Schumann. The research exposes that the development of western music includes the passion, commitment, and creativity of women, but not necessarily the challenges they faced as opposed to men.