[Smt-talk] Female theorists in history

Deborah Stein dstein36 at comcast.net
Sun Oct 16 07:33:10 PDT 2011

An interesting woman theorist in the early years of Schenker dissemination
in the US was Adele Katz.  I believe David Carson Berry has written about
her.  Despite being published, she hasn't been considered on the same
level as those Schenkerians in her circle.


Deborah Stein
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New England Conservatory
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On 10/16/11 9:10 AM, "donnadoyle" <donnadoyle at att.net> wrote:

>This prompts my recall of a class discussion in Joel Lester's History
>of Theory course at the CUNY Graduate Center in the '90s: Music theory
>before the modern era required mastery of the Latin language--even
>educated noble women were limited to the vernacular. As for the 19th
>c., we know how C Schumann and F Mendelssohn fared. Even I only a few
>decades ago, while being the pride and joy of my HS math and Latin
>teachers, was castigated by my mother and female classmates for being
>"so smart" (and pulled out of Latin class by my mother before my
>senior year). I'm sure other gifted women have stories to tell. One
>early 20th c woman who did succeed at  "hard" thinking akin to music
>theory is Suzanne Langer, philosopher.
>Best regards,
>Donna Doyle
>Queens College CUNY
>Flushing, NY
>Sent from my iPhone
>On Oct 13, 2011, at 1:43 PM, John Snyder <JLSnyder at uh.edu> wrote:
>> Dear Collective Wisdom,
>> A student, looking for a paper topic, has inquired about the
>> possibility of writing
>> on a female theorist (or several), in historical context. I know a
>> number of outstanding
>> female theorists, but must admit that all of them are living, and
>> wouldn't make
>> good subjects for the paper in question. Help, anyone?
>> Best,
>> John
>> -- 
>> John L. Snyder
>> Professor of Music Theory and Musicology
>> Moores School of Music
>> University of Houston
>> 713-743-3143
>> JLSnyder at uh.edu
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