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However, despite delving into archives, this far we have been unable to unearth the scores of these works written by a budding composer at age Our venture into this largely unexplored realm has been coloured by surprises, clues and hidden treasures, although these are more than balanced by laborious archive searches, the realisation that many documents have disappeared forever, and the resulting randomness and guesswork.

Many of these composers actually had their music published in their lifetime and created a successful career in music, but subsequently the history of music has nearly completely ignored them. The lives of composing women were governed by the gender discrimination that was the norm at the time, but on the other hand they were characterised by a breaking of boundaries, a strength of will, the establishing of an alternative culture and the collaboration of women musicians across borders.

Many were quite radical in deviating from the gender norms of the day: the history of Finnish women composers overlaps to a great extent with the history of sexual and gender minorities in Finland.

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Yet perhaps the greatest surprise of all was discovering just how many women there have been who tried their hand at writing music see a list in the article introducing this series. We should remember, though, that the majority of students at the Helsinki Music Institute subsequently the Helsinki Conservatory and then the Sibelius Academy , from its founding in well into the s, were women.

Indeed, the very first star pupil of that institution in both composition and the violin was a woman, Agnes Tschetschulin — , who went on to create a career abroad. Despite the deck being stacked against them in society, so to speak, women have for a long time been major players in Finnish music — but ignored. So there is a need to tell stories about Finnish music that deviate from the established narrative.

The pioneering book Musiikin toinen sukupuoli [The other gender in music] by Riitta Valkeila and Pirkko Moisala presents eight Finnish women composers from around the turn of the 20th century, but it is not based on original archival sources. Although digging out the music left by these women is drudgery at times, what we have found seems exceptionally compelling, fresh and exciting. Looking at long-lost compositions, one feels a direct connection to the strong-willed women who went ahead and wrote music in an era when such pursuits were not considered suitable or permissible for women.

Their music is their voice, and it carries to our day if we only lend our ears to it. Violinist Mirka Malmi b. I thought it was fantastic, and that led me to find out about other women composers, first Swedish ones — because it was easier to find information about them — and then Finnish ones. In March , Malmi gave a concert with the title P ohjoismaisia naisia [Nordic women] in the chamber music series of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. The tendency to exclude women from public music-making continued well into the 20th century.

Examples of such composers are Henriette Nyberg — , a pioneer in Finnish music education, and Lilli Thuneberg — and Sofie Lithenius — , some of whose songs are still sung in Finnish schools to this day. I am finding fantastic pieces all the time and wonder why no one ever performs them. Then I decide to perform them myself. And just think about the sort of lives they led more than a century ago.

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How brave they were in going out into the world, battling against social conventions and struggling to achieve their calling. That inspires me in my work. We note that it is stylistically more akin to international Expressionism and Impressionism than a Finnish national style. Quite often, Finnish women composers have been stylistically more relaxed and cosmopolitan than many of their contemporary male colleagues.

Also, Finland did not have networks of women musicians as was the case in major European cities where women went about creating their own music and ignoring the male musical establishment. Accordingly, many Finnish women composers travelled abroad and stayed there for extensive periods of time, in some cases permanently — in Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, London or St Petersburg. Many have wondered why they have never heard of these composers or their music.

I really love and enjoy reading this book, I love the series and I did not wanted to come to an end, Author B. Deb always felt alone in life, she never felt like she belonged in her family, her marriage was a flop and she got mixed up with one horrendous man who made her feel less than herself.

That is until her new leaseholder makes it known that he wants to be in her life I loved me some Mick. What a fantastic leading male character. He had all the qualities you look from a good male lead. Protective, sweet, sexy and dominant when he needed to be. Their story started off rocky with Deb needing to be in control, but Mick pushed until her took a little control and had Deb open up to him. I loved their connection and the genuine feel of it. What made this story all the better was the bit of suspense on what would come from Debs past.

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It hung over her head like a dark gloomy cloud preventing her from living her life to the fullest. She was scared of what could be taken from her and the ones she let herself love and love her in return. When it finally all came down to it, I did or see it happening in the way it did, but the way it happened proved to Deb that she is not the person she thought herself to be. This is the first book of this series that I have read, but I will read the first two soon. I enjoyed all the characters and I would like to get their full stories to better understand their characters and the roles they all played in each other's lives.

ARC Kindle Copy We all are looking to be accepted but sometimes we do things that might be questionable. But can we still strive to be accepted. Deb finds herself killing a man in self defense but it keeps haunting.

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It was not just any random guy it was the guy who she cheated on despite being married. A guy who was thrown in jail for pushing his pregnant girlfriend down the stairs and caused her to lose their baby in which he spent four years in prison as she corresponded with him during his impr ARC Kindle Copy We all are looking to be accepted but sometimes we do things that might be questionable.

A guy who was thrown in jail for pushing his pregnant girlfriend down the stairs and caused her to lose their baby in which he spent four years in prison as she corresponded with him during his imprisonment. The ex girlfriend who is now engaged to her brother. A relative new detective out to make a name for himself is bent on reopening the case and charge her with murder threatens her future and cause her to be weary of police. She thinks that any day she will be charged with murder as she goes to therapy to cope with what she done. Deciding to start a flower shop and do something with her life, she ends up renting space.

The landlord happens to be a former police who recently inherited some rental properties. Between them there is attraction as he senses earlier on her dislike of police and does not tell her of his past occupation as the two become close as he prepares to open up a restaurant despite his family of police officers and his father disapproval. Learning to accept each other no matter what and that you cannot think to ahead for life throws things when you least expect it.

You can only live one day at a time. This story is so compelling and dynamic! I couldn't put it down, even for a second. She is straining to move on with her life after everything she's been through. Coping by closing everyone out. Her landlord, Mick, is not someone she expected to be supportive, but he is. Even though she doesn't want or think she needs it. With setbacks happening at her shop, she's afraid that her past wouldn't lead to the future she was hoping for. Mick: Was trying to open his own restaurant like he dreamed, even if it was against family tradition and his legacy.

Can Deb capture and obtain Mick's love and support, while having her family and friends backing her? This being the third book in the stand alone, Striving series, was both impressive and meaningful. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I was fortunate to stumble across B. Deb, the older sister of Rachel and Dennis from the other two books in the series, has begun to rebuild her life after a horrific incident. Opening a flower shop is her dream and therapy at the same time. Renting the store from a very sexy man named Mick may just prove to be I was fortunate to stumble across B.

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Thank you, Ms. Mooney, for a great conclusion to this fabulous series! A most for filling story This story about Deb and Mick is a both heartbreaking and love filled one. I feel it was well written and also a well told story and I found the fact that you go through therapy with Deb was a new interesting way to run through her past. You understand her heartache because you live through it with her. I also greatly appreciate the realism in this story. This is real people we read about or so it seems; there is no un naturalistic bank account or magic solutions to their A most for filling story This story about Deb and Mick is a both heartbreaking and love filled one.

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This is real people we read about or so it seems; there is no un naturalistic bank account or magic solutions to their problems. To end on a sexy note; I love Mick, though he makes a few mistakes along the way he does have a heart of gold and to me he is swoon worthy. Another 5 star read from Ms. I have loved this series and each can be read as a stand alone.

I loved these characters, Deb and Mick, each striving for acceptance in their own way and maybe finding it with each other. Deb has a past that haunts her and Mick has let down his father with some choices he has made. This story had me hooked from the start, I wanted to see Deb finally find happiness. The suspense of who was causing her problems and why, had me on the edge of my seat. I also lov Another 5 star read from Ms. I also loved that the characters from the other books were also in this one. The series is wrapped up in the end perfectly. This is the last book in the series, and let me tell you it's just as good at the first.

I have read all 3 of the books and loved every single one of them. This one is no exception. Follow Mick, a landlord who is renting one of his spaces to a new business owner, Deb. Deb is opening a new flower shop, will she fold or flourish in her new business, or fold under the pressure.

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What happens when her new landlord, Mick seems to fall for her? What happens when he past comes back to haunt them both? F This is the last book in the series, and let me tell you it's just as good at the first. Find out in this final installment of The Striving Series. I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Its Mick and Debs story but you do get all the characters from book 1 and 2. I highly recommend this whole series but each book can be read as a standalone. This was an amazing ending to an amazing trilogy. Once I picked it up I could not put it down.

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