There have been hundreds of women composers throughout history.

For many centuries, women composers and performers were kept from public view. Considered a novelty, women’s music might be heard at best in drawing rooms and recital parlors. The concert hall was reserved for men.



Traditional propriety held that women should confine themselves to the domestic arts. During this time, only a few works by women ever found their way into the standard repertoire; most compositions never received significant recognition. Other women composers, who received acclaim during their lifetime, have similarly fallen into obscurity, along with their musical works. This trend has finally begun to reverse in recent decades, with the rise to prominence of several women composers, as well as the rediscovery of the music of female composers of centuries ago.



Here are twenty women composers you should know about. There are many more.                       ​    Return to Academics at Cool Conservatory.​​

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