Elocution and Taking Women Seriously with Marian Wilson Kimber

Episode 108 of Sound Expertise

What if feminist music history isn’t just about elevating composers like Amy Beach and Clara Wieck Schumann, but also about understanding how everyday women made music? What is elocution, and how did a now-obscure genre of musical readings represent a cornerstone of American women performing in the nineteenth century? A conversation with Marian Wilson Kimber, professor of music at the University of Iowa.

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A written transcript of this episode is available here; many, many thanks to Andrew Dell’Antonio for volunteering to prepare transcripts for the show!

Stay tuned for Episode 109, coming next Tuesday, September 15: an interview with Sumanth Gopinath on Steve Reich, race, and cultural appropriation.