[Smt-talk] Gender Terminology in Music Theory

Jennifer Bain Jennifer.Bain at Dal.Ca
Tue Apr 29 11:56:23 PDT 2014

So to refer to a cadence that ends on a strong metric position as
masculine and one that ends on a weak metric position as feminine is not
sexist...? Didn't we sort this out in 1991?


Jennifer Bain, Ph.D.
Chair, Dept. of Music

bainj at dal.ca

Dalhousie University
6101 University Avenue
Halifax, NS, B3H 4R2

On 14-04-29 11:49 AM, "Ninov, Dimitar N" <dn16 at txstate.edu> wrote:

>Dear Colleagues,
>Also, one must not forget the traditional terms "masculine cadence" and
>"feminine cadence" as referred to the metric position of the final tonic.
>This, of course, is not sexist language, although I do not rule out some
>future "original contribution" referring to a third gender cadence, which
>is neither masculine, nor feminine (ha-ha).
>Best regards,
>Dr. Dimitar Ninov, Lecturer
>School of Music
>Texas State University
>601 University Drive
>San Marcos, Texas 78666
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