Musical Narratives of Disability Accommodated: Schubert

Joseph N. Straus

in Extraordinary Measures

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199766451
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895007 | DOI:
Musical Narratives of Disability Accommodated: Schubert

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At roughly the same time, composers began also to suggest alternative narratives, in which the musical body accepts and accommodates the disabling, non-normative element. For Beethoven, disability (manifested as “tonal problems”) is to be struggled with and, if possible, overcome. For Schubert, given his different experience of disability (syphilis rather than deafness) and his different musical inclinations, disability is not something that can be unequivocally overcome. Rather, it is something that must be lived with: its traces can never be expunged, but leave a permanent mark on the musical body.

Keywords: narrative; accommodation; disability; normative; Schubert; syphilis; body

Chapter.  4178 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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