Our last post yesterday concerned a major exam board agreeing to include female composers in it’s A level syllabus, in a shameful, pathetic, and ultimately futile attempt to placate a whiny 17-year-old feminist schoolgirl. She (and others like her) will be invigorated by the concession, not placated. They won’t be happy until at least 50% of the composers in the syllabus are women, however little merit some or most of the women have, compared with the best male alternatives.
Ian has left a comment in response, which I thought merited a blog post in itself:
I see no problem with the inclusion on the syllabus of Mrs Mills and her fabulous suite of All Time Party Hits. That said though, I can’t for the life of me think of any other left-handed, red-haired, freckled lady composers working in holistic native Celtic peace-lullabies written for the Peruvian vegan free-bleeding non-aggressive nose-flute, which I suspect is more along the lines of what is actually wanted here.
Perhaps it would be easier to simply ‘discover’ ‘evidence’ ‘proving’ that Mozart, Chopin, Beethoven et al were in fact women, and to then have the textbooks books ‘corrected’?
You can order a copy of The Very Best of Mrs Mills here. Ironically, Mrs Mills was clearly not a feminist. On the CD cover she’s clearly smiling.