The Elocutionists: Women, Music, and the Spoken Word (Music by Marian Wilson Kimber PDF

By Marian Wilson Kimber

Emerging within the 1850s, elocutionists recited poetry or drama with song to create a brand new kind of functionality. The genre--dominated by means of women--achieved striking attractiveness. but the elocutionists and their artwork fell into overall obscurity in the course of the 20th century. Marian Wilson Kimber restores elocution with song to its rightful position in functionality historical past. looking at in the course of the lenses of gender and style, Wilson Kimber argues that those lady artists transgressed the former limitations among deepest and public domain names. Their performances endorsed for lady business enterprise whereas additionally contributing to a brand new social development of gender. Elocutionists, proud purveyors of healthy leisure, pointedly contrasted their "acceptable" female attributes opposed to these of morally suspect actresses. As Wilson Kimber indicates, their impact some distance outlived their heyday. girls, the first composers of melodramatic compositions, did not anything lower than create a practice that contributed to shaping the historical past of yank music.

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