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Where Are the Women?

Why has there never been a female Beethoven? Michael Oliver examines whether there has been a conspiracy of silence or something more sinister…

Among the cantatas of Barbara Strozzi (born 1619; no one knows when she died) is one, ‘Lagrime mie’ (My tears), which sounds to me quite startlingly personal, not an elegant impersonation of the pain of unhappy love but the direct utterance of a woman who has suffered it and knows that a woman’s grief is different from a man’s. 940 more words

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