Evening the Score: Women in Music and the Legacy of Frédérique Petrides

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Despite the suffragist activities of the 1920s and the heightened pressures brought to bear on traditionally “male-only” institutions in American society during the past three decades, many vocations remain sanctuaries of male dominance. One such area is the classical music world; though, as Jan Bell Groh asserts in Evening the Score, inroads into this field have bene made, sometimes at great cost.

At the center of this work is a unique set of newsletters edited and published by Frédérique Petrides, one of America’s first and most influential female conductors. In Petride’s time, most women musicians were forced to ply their trade in all-female orchestras; through the thirty-seven issues of Women in Music published from 1935 to 1940, the achievements of these musicians were championed, and the prejudices, misconceptions, and deliberately discriminatory policies of many of their male counterparts were exposed and condemned.

Evening the Score is an ambitious endeavor that seeks not only to preserve these early documents and explain them within the context of the 1930s music industry but also to garner for Petrides the long-overdue praise to which she is entitled. It is at once a celebration and a source of inspiration.

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Don't be misled by the title. This is not a history of women in the field of music. It is a study of conductor Petrides and the newsletter Women in Music , which she published from 1935 to 1940 in order to disseminate information about women in music. Today, women's presence in orchestras and recital halls is taken for granted, but this was not always the case. During the 1930s and 1940s, female performers were relegated to all-women ensembles such as the Orchestrette Classique (which Petrides, its founder, led). Groh (education, Univ. of Arkansas) has collected, reprinted, and informally annotated the 40 issues of Women in Music , making them accessible to the present-day reader. Groh's portrait of Petrides and her quest for acceptance of women in their arts will be welcome in large women's studies collections.
- Sherry Fein tuch, Dauphin Cty. Lib. System, Harrisburg, Pa.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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