Able fairy : the feminine aesthetic in the compositions of Rolande Falcinelli


Able fairy : the feminine aesthetic in the compositions of Rolande Falcinelli

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dc.contributor.advisor Dell'Antonio, Andrew
dc.contributor.advisor Hancock, Gerre, 1934-
dc.creator Alford, Lenore Audrey, 1968- 2012-09-25T20:15:42Z 2012-09-25T20:15:42Z 2008-12 2012-09-25
dc.description.abstract This study links patriarchal Catholic Church culture and feminist studies in musicology to reveal the multi-faceted opus and career of Rolande Falcinelli, 1920-2006. Organist, composer, and pedagogue Rolande Falcinelli was the first woman to be named titular over a prestigious organ console in Paris, that of the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, in 1945; she was also a renowned organ pedagogue at the Paris Conservatory for over thirty years. Yet her rich legacy of compositions remains largely unknown. This paper explores the significance of her entrance into liturgical creative work in the Catholic Church by showing the enormous force of historical repression against women in this context. Through examples ranging from Hildegard in the 11th century to Jeanne Demessieux in the 20th, it shows how the model and persona of the nun-organist has been a tacit lifestyle requirement of women organists in the Catholic Church, and how Falcinelli’s failure to adhere to that model affected her liturgical career. Next, it presents Falcinelli’s impressive body of compositions and shows examples of feminine coded material which appear throughout her opus, both subtly and overtly. Invoking studies by McClary, Citron, Epstein, Cusick, and others, this study includes a short history of gender studies in musicology, then places Falcinelli’s opus in the context of current thought on the feminine aesthetic in music.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights Copyright © is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.
dc.subject.lcsh Falcinelli, Rolande,--1920-2006
dc.subject.lcsh Women's studies
dc.subject.lcsh Church music--Catholic Church
dc.title Able fairy : the feminine aesthetic in the compositions of Rolande Falcinelli
dc.description.department Music, Butler School of
dc.type.genre Thesis
dc.type.material text Music, Butler School of Music The University of Texas at Austin Doctoral Doctor of Philosophy

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