General and Historical Books
- Sadie A and Samuel R, (Eds), The New Grove Dictionary of Women Composers, (London, 1994)
Arranged alphabetically this dictionary is a fully comprehensive guide to women composers, supplying a biographies of varying lengths, supported by work lists and bibliographies.
- Cohen I, (Ed), International Encyclopedia of Women Composers, 2 volumes, (New York, 1987)
- Browers J and Tick J, (Eds), Women Making Music: The Western Art Tradition 1150-1950, (London, 1986)
This book is presented like a general history of music, in chronological order, not only giving biographical information, but incorporating aspects of their music, society and influences. I found this the easiest to read.
- Briscoe, J M Historical Anthology of Music by Women, (New York, 1987)
By far the most enlightening in this list. Its sheer amount of music to support the biographical details is rare in a book concerning women composers.
- Briscoe, J M Contemporary Anthology of Music by Women, (New York, 1987)
- Pendle K, Women and Music: A History, (New York, 1991)
- Jezic D P, Women Composers: The Lost Tradition Found, 2nd Ed. (New York, 1994)
Specific Areas of Music
- Citron M, Gender and the Musical Canon, (London, 1993)
A look at why women are not accepted into the generally accepted musical canon, those composers considered to be the 'Masters', or to have produced a 'Masterpiece'.
- Drinker S, Women in Music, (New York, 1994)
- Battersby C, Gender and Genius: Towards a Feminist Aesthetics, (London, 1989)
Concerned with women in many creative aspects, not just music.
Books by Female Composers
- Fuller S, The Pandora Guide to Women Composers: Britain and America, (New York, 1994)
- Cooper S (Ed), Girls! Girls! Girls!: Essays on Women and Music, (New York, 1996)
Covers women's relationships with classical music in general, and includes the amusingly titled, 'Dead White Men in Wigs: Women and Classical Music' by Sophie Fuller
- Baldauf-Berdes J L, Women Musicians of Venice: Musical Foundations, 1525-1855, (Oxford, 1996)
- Hyde, Derek New Found Voices: Women in Nineteenth Century English Music, 2nd ed. (Ash, 1991)
- Howes F, The English Musical Renaissance, (London, 1966)
Includes some information about Dame Ethel Smyth
- Monsaingeon B, Mademaiselle - Conversations with Nadia Boulanger, (Manchester, 1985)
- Abdul R, Blacks in Classical Music, (New York, 1977)
- Lehmann, Liza The Life of Liza Lehmann, by Herself (London, 1919)
- Mahler Werfel, Alma And the Bridge is Love, (London, 1959)
- Valérie White, Maude My Indian Summer: A Second Book of Memoirs, (London, 1932)
- Crichton R (Ed), The Memories of Ethel Smyth, (London, 1987)
- Smyth, Ethel Impressions that Remained: Memories, 2 vols, (Lond, 1919)
- Tillard F, Fanny Mendelssohn, (Portland OR, 1992)
- Reich, N B, Clara Schumann, (London, 1985)
- Fitzlyon A, The Price of Genius: A Life of Pauline Viardot, (London, 1964)
- Rosenstiel L, The Life and Woks of Lili Boulanger, (New Jersey, 1978)
A fluent writer, Rosenstiel presented a well informed biography with much musical detail and analysis
- Rosenstiel L, Nadia Boulanger: A Life in Music, (Toronto, 1982)
- Kendall A, The Tender Tyrant. A Lie Devoted to Music - Nadia Boulanger, (London, 1976)
- Bates, Carol Henry An Introduction to Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de le Guerre, (Brooklyn, 1966)
- Johnson, C Introduction to Rebecca Clarke - Trio, (New York, 1980)
- Wilkins M L and Askew C, 'The University of Huddersfield Dpt. of Music Project: Women Composers, 12th-20th.Centuries', Paynter J and Swanick K (Eds), British Journal of Music Education, vol. 10, (UK, 1993), 181-187
- Women of Note Quarterly
Published by Vivace Press, NW 310 Wawawai RD, Pullman, WA 99163-2959 (tel) (509) 334-4660.
- New Notes
Features new music, and consequently many new female composers. Published by SPNM 4th floor, 18-20 Southwalk St, London, SE1 1TJ.
- Music, Gender Education Newsletter
Details can be obtained from the school of Music, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, K37 3NA.
- Psychology of Music
Published by Society for Research in Psychology of Music and Music Education.
- Musical Quarterly
Published by Oxford University Press. Although concerned with many aspects of Music it does not ignore female composers, frequently including articles on their music.
- Music and Letters
Published by Oxford University Press. http://www.ml.oupjournals.org
- Musical Times
http://www.webscribe.co.uk. A recent article was concerned with Nadia Boulanger. Although not primarily promoting Female composers the articles relevant to them are informative and authoritative.
- British Journal of Music Education
Published in London. Gives information on the state of music in our schools, colleges and universities.
Websites with Pictures / Sound files
- http://www.grovemusic.com - Includes articles on many women composers, though only open to subscribers (the book is identical to the contents of this site!)
- http://www.donneinmusica.org/ - Donne in Musica
- http://music.acu.edu/www/iawm/ - International Alliance for Women in Music. This site, has search capabilities, incorporates reviews, biographies, pictures and many other useful resources.
- http://220.127.116.11/html/the_boulanger_sisters.html - A site dedicated to both sisters, though, unusually, primarily Lili Boulanger. Pictures of Lili (1893-1918) and Nadia (1887-1979) in later life.
- http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/7282/women.html - This site is an extremely useful bibliography, or more correctly, webography, listing useful sites concerning women composers on the web
- http://www.interlog.com/~hartl/Kapralova/DATABASE.htm - A database of women composers
- http://www.womeninmusic.com/wimnn_home.htm - Women in music's National Network has many services to aid the woman composer today
- http://www.womenonair.com/index.shtml - A radio service dedicated to female artists
- http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/women/mutoc.html - Another bibliography, but only based on the contents of one library, that of the Duke University
- http://tweedledee.ucsb.edu/~kris/music/Hildegard.html - A useful biography of this medieval composer. A thorough approach, even including a glossary
- http://18.104.22.168/www/iawm/pages/ - Women Early Music and the other arts are combined in this site, which has its own search engine
- http://www.mills.edu/SHOWCASE/F97/MUS16/mus16.homepage.html - A list of female composers working in San Francisco
- http://www.prairievoices.net/ - Iowa Women's Music Festival, with links to other festivals
- http://www.pianowomen.com/ - Not composers but concert pianists (though many through history have composed and played their own music, finding it often to be the only way to promote their music, for example, Cecile Chaminade)
- http://ash.cc.swarthmore.edu/womuse/julie/julie.html - A discussion of Francesca Caccini in Florence
- http://ash.cc.swarthmore.edu/womuse/julie/leftframe.html - More about Caccini, with poetry she set
- http://ash.cc.swarthmore.edu/womuse/rebecca/rightframe.html - A facsimile of the cover to her Ave Maria, written in her own hand
- http://www.usc.edu/isd/locations/ssh/special/fml/Werfel.html - Franz Werfel and Alma Mahler-Werfel in California
- http://www.emory.edu/MUSIC/ARNOLD/hensel_content.html - A chronological list of the life of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel
- http://fr.fortunecity.com/musique/laclef/90/tailleferrebiography.htm - Includes a characature of Germaine Tailleferre, along with commentary
- http://www.wims.ws/ - A women's radio station, listen while reading various reviews (these change frequently)
- http://www.library.wisc.edu/libraries/Music/wsmc - A list of women's sheet music based on the stock at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison
- http://www.temple.edu/music/composers/claraschumann.html - One example of the various dictionary-like entries available via this site
- http://ash.cc.swarthmore.edu/womuse/rebecca/leftframe.html - Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979)
- Includes a sketch of Cecile Chaminade as well as a page of a score
- Reproduces a painting of Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre, along with 8 sound files
- http://music.acu.edu/www/iawm/historical/beach.html - Amy Beach (1867-1944) simply gives links to sites which include her
- http://music.acu.edu/www/iawm/pages/aleotti.html - Vittoria Aleotti, or was it Raffaela Aleotta???
- http://music.acu.edu/www/iawm/pages/ElizabethR.html - Queen Elizabeth I / Anne Boleyn, includes two pictures, sound file and discussion of works
- http://music.acu.edu/www/iawm/historical/schumann.html - Picture and links to other online sources of Clara Schumann
- http://music.acu.edu/www/iawm/pages/strozzi.html - Picture, sound files and links for Barbara Strozzi
- http://22.214.171.124/www/iawm/pages/Midi.html - Includes a cross section of composers
- http://www.leonarda.com/compa.html - An alphabetical list of composers, with media facilities
- http://www.monash.edu.au/NFRAM - A list of Australian women composers starting from 1862 with Mona McBurney, each with a photograph
- http://music.acu.edu/www/iawm/pages/cozzolani.html - Chiara Margarita Cozzolani
- http://cpa.feynsinn.de/eng/farrenc/Farrenc.html - Louise Farrenc
- http://utopia.knoware.nl/~jsmeets/cgi-bin/ccd.cgi?comp=mendelsf - Fanny Mendelssohn
- http://www.jpc-cpo.de/5522127.htm - Amy Beach
- http://home.sunrise.ch/corinnep/Webpages/alma_mahler.htm - Alma Mahler
- http://www.pegseeger.com/html/dio.html - Ruth Crawford Seeger
- http://www.schirmer.com/composers/gubaidulina_bio.html - Sofia Gubaidulina
- http://www.komuso.com/people/Abe_Keiko.html - Abe Keiko
- http://www.smic.dircon.co.uk/html/Beamish.html - Sally Beamish
- http://www.wkac.ac.uk/CPArts/staff4.htm - June Boyce-Tillman
- http://www.schirmer.com/composers/tower_bio.html - Joan Tower
- http://www.ladyslipper.org/vendors/ladyslipper/kay_gardner.xtml - Kay Gardner
- http://www.glossamusic.com/artists/swishart.htm - Stevie Wishart
- http://www.rieserler.de/autoren/autor_Zechlin.htm - Ruth Zechlin, in German, but includes a picture (easily translated by http://www.babelfish.com
- http://www.visible-music.com/ - Jean Hasse's music publisher, links to her biography and other details
- http://members.aol.com/raduxbury/ - Rosemary Duxbury
- http://www.uni-oldenburg.de/musik/lehre/dinescu.html - Violeta Dinescu (Prof.)
- http://www.schirmer.com/composers/saariaho/bio.html - Kaija Saariaho biography
- http://virtual.finland.fi/finfo/english/saariaho.html - Caricature of Saariaho