A follow-up on recent discussions about women composers in A-Level syllabi…
A very insightful piece by Caroline Criado-Perez for the Independent, questioning the idea of canon formation in light of the recent protests around the failure to include ANY female composers in Edexcel’s A-Level syllabus:
“It is hard not to conclude that more lies behind Edexcel’s all-male list of set works than simply the inheritance of a sexist past. Rather, their failure to include women from any epoch suggests the continuation of a perennial problem faced by women artists, whose work has been historically dismissed as little more than domestic, decorative trifles, in contrast to the meaty, hefty works produced by their male contemporaries.
If Edexcel does not wish to collaborate in this tradition, now would be the time to make a change.”