South African "songprints": The lives and works of Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph, Princess Constance Magogo, and Rosa Nepgen
Jorritsma, Marie Rosalie
Citron, Marcia J.
Master of Music
Music in South Africa today is as diverse as its people. Due to this diversity, there are many different ways of describing the various styles of music in the country. Because of my interest in these styles and in gender and music studies, I have focused on the lives and works of three South African women composers, namely, Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph (b. 1948), Princess Constance Magogo (1900--1984), and Rosa Nepgen (1909--2000). These women come from English, Zulu, and Afrikaans circumstances respectively, and my study reflects their individual stories and how their music developed in the South African context. Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph composes mainly in classical music genres, while Princess Magogo, a performer on the musical bow, concentrates on Zulu traditional song repertoire. Rosa Nepgen's output consists mostly of art songs. While there are links between these three women, each has left her own personal "songprint" to enrich the musical life of South Africa.
Biographies; Music; Women's studies