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Frances McCollin : her life and music
DiMedio, Annette Maria, 1958-
Publication Information:
Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1990.
Physical Description:
xiii, 168 pages : music, portrait ; 29 cm.
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ML410.M1145 D5 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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In this book DiMedio presents an introductory essay on McCollin's life and a catalog of compositions, with over 300 musical examples.

Author Notes

Annette Maria DiMedio(BA, music, sociology, anthropology, Swarthmore; MA, music history, Temple; Ph.D., musicology, Bryn Mawr) is a prize-winning concert pianist, a college lecturer, and Assistant Dean, University of the Arts, Philadelphia. She has catalogued the McCollin scores, scrapbooks, and other materials donated by the family to the Fleisher Collection and the Music Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia. She has also given lecture-recitals on McCollin.

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Pianist and teacher Annette Maria DiMedio has written a very brief, devoted, and careful account of the life and work of a remarkable woman composer. Blind from the age of five, McCollin was taught and encouraged by a musically literate family, developing her talents to the point where she won many awards, some under pen names because of her concern that she might win because of pity rather than her talent. She was a religious woman, and a pacifist; both interests determined many of her choices of texts for her choral music. McCollin received many performances of her music by groups ranging from the Philadelphia Mendelssohn Club to the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Curtis String Quartet. Much of it was published during her lifetime, enabling future generations to "rediscover" it. DiMedio writes that McCollin was "fortunate. . .{{that she lived}}. . .at a time when women composers were coming into their own." She also quotes Fanny Morris Smith in an Etude magazine article of 1901 who states that "the woman composer. . .has come to stay." Unfortunately, the woman composer has had to "reinvent" her history many times in the decades since then. The series in which this book is published, in which four of the eight volumes completed to date are about women, adds to the rediscovery process. DiMedio devotes 131 pages of the volume to a complete catalog of McCollin's music; lists of her awards, memberships and performances; and a recitation of her memorabilia left to the Free Library of Philadelphia. More discussion of her music vis-a-vis the work of other composers of the period would be welcome. -S. Glickman, Franklin and Marshall College