In 1923 Germaine Tailleferre, the only female member of the group of French composers known as Les Six, completed "Le Marchand d'oiseaux" for the Ballet Sudois, with a scenario, costumes and set designs by the woman artist and poetess Hélène Perdriat. Interestingly, a number of the contemporary critics interpreted the work (mainly the product of two women) as a feminist manifestation. This article examines the justification for labelling "Le Marchand d'oiseaux" a feminist work, and posits the theory that it may be more apt, especially within the context of the development of inter-war musical modernism, to understand it as a neoclassical ballet.
Hamer, Laura (2010) Germaine Tailleferre and Hélène Perdriat's "Le Marchand d'oiseaux" (1923): French feminist ballet?. In: Studies in Musical Theatre, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 113-120. Available at https://openmusiclibrary.org/article/214659/.