Innovation and Instigation in the Music of Cecilia McDowell and Katerina Ruzickova

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Spring 2007

Project Description/Abstract

McDowell and Ruzickova, both of the current generation of cutting edge young and female composers, write in a cultural zeitgeist that is still, in 2007, not especially supportive of professional women composers. The aim of this project is the study of the piano works of McDowell and Ruzickova, two of the leading young composers in the United Kingdom and Czech Republic, with the purpose of performing these works, recording them, and publishing an article on McDowell and Ruzickova. The project entails a three step process: first, study and research music with composers, second, perform music in the Bridgewater community, at conferences and in recitals throughout the United States, third, write and article on these composers and record a group of their works.

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