Title

Trafficking modernities: Gender and cultural authority in the case of the woman organist, Lilian Frost

Date of this Version

1-1-2011

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Citation only.

Hunt, J. E. (2011). Trafficking modernities: Gender and cultural authority in the case of the woman organist, Lilian Frost. Hecate: An interdisciplinary journal of women's liberation, 37 (1), 99-118.

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2011 HERDC submission. FoR code: 200502, 210303

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ISSN

0311-4198

Abstract

According to the local press, Frost as both soloist and accompanist on piano and organ was reported to exhibit a musical maturity beyond her years, and stamina considered unusual for a 'young lady', but clearly this was problematic. Jealous minded organists of the sterner sex are apt to say that ladies cannot play the organ; but the meritorious performance by Miss Frost dispels that illusion; for here is a lady who can play the organ. This appeared to provoke a shift in reportage on Frost's performances: whereas previously newspaper reports repeated an established complimentary four-lined riff, detailed reviews soon replaced them, most adding to the theme of Frost's anomalous physical strength.

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