Rebecca Clarke 's `` Cinderella No More ``

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I decided to choose a theme for my final paper which will be related to my instrument-viola. I choose Rebecca Clarke , probably the most prominent women-composer who wrote for viola. Most of Clarke’s compositions were written in the first three decades of the twentieth century, her works was largely unknown until the 1970th. Such is the curiously small impact she made as a composer in England in her life time that the first edition of Lionel Turtis’s book “Cinderella no more” doesn’t mention her viola Sonata, even though now violist from all over the world would regard it as one of the principal works for the instrument of its era. This seems very interesting to me and I will discuss why it happened and why women-composers had no space in the professional society of that time. Also, I will talk about Rebecca Clarke as one of the firs women who broke the rules in a male-dominated musical world ( she became one of the first female professional musician in the orchestra).
Interest in her writing has grown a lot recently and many of her works entered the standard viola repertoire. Because she wrote during the time of first feminist wave in England and her rediscovering overlaps with the second-wave feminism in America musicologist mainly discuss her personality and her compositions in the implications of gender on analysis. I will discuss her Viola Sonata considering this recent feminist theory of gender and I will write about her personality as a composer and a performer,…
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