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Elfriede Reissig and Leon Stefanija (eds.): Composing Women. ‘Femininity’ and Views on Cultures, Gender and Music of Southeastern Europe since 1918, Wien: Hollitzer Verlag, 2022, 344 S., 17 x 24 cm, English, Softcover

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Elfriede Reissig , Leon Stefanija

Composing Women

‘Femininity’ and Views on Cultures, Gender and Music of Southeastern Europe since 1918

This volume presents fifteen musicological perspectives on the creativity of women composers and the question of ‘femininity’ in Southeastern-European musical cultures from 1918 on. In the questions about and beyond a ‘female aesthetics’, socio-cultural approaches to the lives of creative women prove to be indispensable for contemporary musicological gender research, because highly complex facts of musical life and social realities in political systems cannot be separated from each other. By this means the exclusion and marginalization of women composers in the national and international music establishment, as well as strategies for overcoming these systems, are made visible and brought to consciousness. This volume therefore focusses on the social, cultural, and biological preconditions of cultural action, and intends to arouse curiosity for multi-layered realities; it aims to increase the reception of the compositional oeuvre of women composers from Southeastern Europe by the global music scene, the musicological discourse, and an engaged audience.

Contributions by Susanne Kogler (Austria) | Vita Gruodytė (Lithouania) | Elfriede Reissig (Austria) | Leon Stefanija and Katarina Bogunović Hočevar (Slovenia) | Adriana Sabo and Vesna Mikić (†) (Serbia) |
Iryna Tukova (Ukraine) | Ivana Miladinović Prica (Montenegro) | Alma Bejtullahu (Kosovo) | Amra Bosnić (Bosnia-Herzegovina) | Martina Bratić (Croatia) | Elena Maria Şorban (Romania) | Julijana Papazova (Macedonia) | Ákos Windhager and Anna Mária Bólya (Hungary) | Yvetta Kajanová (Slovakia) | Miriam Blümlová (Czech Republic)

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Preface to the English Edition


Women in Music Creation in Southeast European Cultures after 1918


Susanne Kogler
Women’s voices in contemporary music


Vita Gruodytė
Gender Issues in Lithuanian Music

Elfriede Reissig
Women in composition in Austria

Leon Stefanija and Katarina Bogunović Hočevar
Slovenian women composers after 1991

Adriana Sabo and Vesna Mikić (†)
About the (non)existence of ‘female music’: Serbia after 1918

Iryna Tukova
Empirics and theory: is there a ‘female’ music?
Or the creative work of modern Ukrainian women-composers

Ivana Miladinović Prica
Women composers in Montenegro: The history of a relationship

Alma Bejtullahu
Contemporary women composers in Kosovo:
retrospectives and perspectives

Amra Bosnić
Women composers in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Martina Bratić
Croatia’s women composers and sound creators since 1918

Elena Maria Şorban
Women Composers in Romania:
A Survey of their work in troubled times

Julijana Papazova
Aspects of the ‘feminine’ in the works of Macedonian women composers

Ákos Windhager and Anna Mária Bólya
Life and OEuvre: Women composers in Hungarian music since 1918

Yvetta Kajanová
Slovakian Women Composers: Courageous, Original and Prejudice-free

Miriam Blümlová
Women Composers in the Czech Lands
during the 20th Twentieth Century