Tim Shephard to contribute to new book on music and identity

Tim Shephard has been accepted as a contributor to the important new book Gender, Age and Musical Creativity, edited by Lisa Colton and Catherine Haworth, which will be published in 2015. Tim's chapter will examine the terms in which women's musical accomplishments were praised in Renaissance Italy. Moralists of the period felt that music-making was inappropriate to women, but Tim's research has shown that some women were able to control the public discussion of their musical accomplishments so that they were given a positive spin.