Boccherini’s Body: An Essay in Carnal Musicology by Guin Elisabeth Le

By Guin Elisabeth Le

during this dependent research 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 song and embodiment. In reading the awesome features of Boccherini's music—its virtuosity, repetitiveness, obsessively nuanced dynamics, soft sonorities, and wealthy palette of depression affects—Le Guin develops a historicized serious procedure in keeping with the embodied adventure of the performer. within the procedure, she redefines the temperament of the musical Enlightenment as one characterised by way of pressing, unstable inquiries into the character of the self. A CD of sound examples, played via the writer and her string quartet, is integrated with the book.

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