Long-awaited in some musical circles, this admiring biography of one member of an influential American family of musicians is deeper, broader, and more theoretically conceived than Matilda Gaume's Ruth Crawford Seeger: Memoirs, Memories, Music (Scarecrow, 1986) and effectively replaces it. Deriving insights from new sources and interviews and providing fresh analyses of many of Seeger's compositions, this lively but scholarly book grapples with its subject's several identities. Examining her roles as classically trained modernist composer, wife-mother-homemaker, folklorist, and music educator, Tick (American Women Composers Before 1870, Univ. of Rochester, 1995) at times applies feminist theory and late 20th-century wisdom to an early to mid-20th-century life. Recommended for those seriously interested in women's studies, classical and folk music and music education, and American studies.?Bonnie Jo Dopp, Univ. of Maryland Lib., College Park
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