My wife floored me, I am ashamed to say, with a question: "So who were
the first great female classical music composers?" I couldn't name one.
I can't even remember having ever known an example.
I've seen some names on this list (albeit very few) of examples in this
century. (Wait, I mean LAST century.) But what about pre-1900? Or even
the early 20th century?
Are there examples of females who used pseudonyms to pull it off, as
with the mathematician, Sophie Germain (1776-1831), who hid her identity
(at first) in her correspondence with Lagrange?