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Women in Early Music

Women in Early Music

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While amateur music making was encouraged for women in the 18th century, professional female musicians were uncommon. Colonial Americans often learned of musicians such as Maddalena Sirmen and Marianne Davies from newspaper accounts of London performances. Others, such as Ann Ford or Maria Cosway, were known because of their published music. Discover the varied roles of music in women’s lives as you enjoy the compositions of the talented European women who took up music as a profession.

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Women in Early Music