Monday Link Round Up: September 7, 2015

Happy Labor Day, everyone!  As we pause to reflect on the history of American workers – let’s take some time to be grateful for women’s work in music in particular. In honor of again conducting the final night of the BBC Proms, Marin Alsop was interviewed by The Guardian – she talks about being the first (and second) woman to conduct the final night of the Proms, the “woman conductor” question, and how to move forward from here.  Read it for yourself. NPR covered a new finding related to Mildred Hill’s most famous tune – “Happy Birthday To You”. The Women…

What's In A Name?

The importance of authorship will always be a hot topic for musicologists. I spent my fair share of time hovering over Foucault’s essay on the Author Function, contemplating what influence the composers name itself has on the public reception of a work. When discussing the work of women in the arts, we must question not only the name but also the importance of gender in the perception of works – many women have published works under the names of men, and some men have published works under women’s names in order to save their masculinity from being associated with “lesser”…