Boccherini's Body: An Essay in Carnal Musicology

Boccherini's Body: An Essay in Carnal Musicology

Elisabeth Le Guin


In this based learn of the works of the undeservedly ignored composer Luigi Boccherini, Elisabeth Le Guin makes use of wisdom gleaned from her personal taking part in of the cello because the keystone of her unique method of the connection among track and embodiment. In examining the extraordinary features of Boccherini's music—its virtuosity, repetitiveness, obsessively nuanced dynamics, tender sonorities, and wealthy palette of depression affects—Le Guin develops a historicized serious process according to the embodied adventure of the performer. within the strategy, she redefines the temperament of the musical Enlightenment as one characterised via pressing, unstable inquiries into the character of the self. A CD of sound examples, played through the writer and her string quartet, is integrated with the book.

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