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Sara Wennerberg-Reuter: att vara kvinna och kompositör kring sekelskiftet 1800 / 1900
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Musicology.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Sara Wennerberg-Reuter : being a woman and composer during the late 19th and early 20th centuries (English)
Abstract [en]

This essay presents an example of the musical life of a female composer active in Sweden during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Through a case study on composer Sara Wennerberg-Reuter (1875-1959), the essay contributes information to her biography, which had been lacking specific details.

Wennerberg-Reuter's biography has been discussed regarding traditional roles of women in music, her relationship to her own artistry and other active women composers, and finally the contemporary reception of Wennerberg-Reuter as a legitimate composer. Aesthetical theories prevalent during Wennerberg-Reuter’s life has been applied in these discussions, such as those presented by Citron, Öhrström and Hanson, combined with Citron's additional theories considering masculine/feminine elements in the musical approach.

The main conclusions reached regarding the specific conditions enabling a professional status as a composer and woman in Sweden during the given time are;

a) the liberal permission by the family to pursue higher education in composing, since this was in opposition to the traditions of the time.

b) the access to a network of musically active women, from which a sense of being part of a female community can be created.

c) the acceptance from musical institutions such as higher educations, composer's societies and media critics.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 46 p.
Keyword [en]
Women and music, women composers, Sara Wennerberg-Reuter, nineteenth century, twentieth century, Sweden, national romanticism composers and female artistry
Keyword [sv]
kvinnor och musik, kvinnliga kompositörer, Sara Wennerberg-Reuter, 1800-talet, 1900-talet, kvinnligt konstnärskap, nationalromantiska kompositörer, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-203498OAI: diva2:636896
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2013-07-26 Created: 2013-07-14 Last updated: 2013-07-26Bibliographically approved

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