This is an important book. For the first time, studies of women’s involvement in nineteenth-century lieder appear together in a book devoted to the topic. Most of the essays come from a conference in 2011 at Maynooth University, Ireland, organized by Aisling Kenny. Co-editor Susan Wollenberg, a long-standing champion of women’s music, organized a major bicentenary conference on Fanny Hensel at Oxford University (2005) and the publication of its papers in Nineteenth-Century Music Review (4/2, 2007). Kenny, a younger scholar, has pursued research on the composer Josephine Lang and Irish singers. Their collaboration has resulted in an exciting volume that expands the history of lieder, reshapes their performing context, and adds to the growing knowledge of music composed by women. The collection demonstrates the maturing of gendered work: not only by bringing women’s music into critical and musical...

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