In Women of Influence in Contemporary Music: Nine American Composers, Michael K. Slayton has collected essays (chapters) that focus on women who have made significant contributions to American music: Elizabeth R. Austin, Susan Botti, Gabriela Lena Frank, Jennifer Higdon, Libby Larsen, Tania León, Cindy McTee, Marga Richter, and Judith Shatin.
While these composers have much in common, not least of all dedication to their art, their individual stories reveal different impulses in American music. Their works reflect the shifting societal landscapes in the United States over the last seven decades, as well as different stylistic approaches to writing music.
Each chapter includes a biography of the composer, an interview, and a detailed analysis of one major composition. The composers openly reflect on their individual journeys, in which they have discovered respective musical languages and have found success during different times in history.
“Who Are These Women”, by distinguished musicologist and author of Women and Music: A History, 2d Ed. and Women in Music: A Research and Information Guide, 2d Ed. Karin Pendle.