After centuries of male domination, an Old World art form is changing its tune
By Lucia Mauro [Chicago Tribune, 16 Feb 05]
Since the time of Claudio Monteverdi, the Italian composer who lived from 1567 to 1643, classical music has been a man’s world. With some exceptions — such as 19th Century pianist-composer Clara Schumann — women achieved lim-ited prominence in the centuries-old art form.
That is changing, and although they are still in the minority, women are appearing more frequently at the highest levels of classical music.
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