Music and Gender
- Nicholas Cook
‘Music and Gender’ first considers critical theory and its approach in musicology, which has stimulated historical research into the formation of the canon and the role of musical institutions in constructing, maintaining, and naturalizing this canon. Gender studies, the role of women in the history of music, sexuality, and the battle against sexism in music are discussed using the interpretations of musicologist Suzanne Cusick; Susan McClary; French composer Vincent d'Indy; Sir George Grove, editor of Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1882); and Gary Tomlinson of the music of Schubert and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Ideology, sexual politics, and the use of metaphors in musicology are all examined.