Elisabeth Le Guin

in Boccherini's Body

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780520240179
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930629 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter explains the theme of this volume, which is about the works of Italian composer and cellist Luigi Boccherini. It analyzes the striking qualities of Boccherini's music including its virtuosity, repetitiveness, obsessively nuanced dynamics, delicate sonorities and rich palette of melancholy affects. It discusses the concept of carnal musicology and attempts to redefine the temperament of the musical Enlightenment as one characterized by urgent, volatile inquiries into the nature of the self.

Keywords: Luigi Boccherini; composer; cellist; virtuosity; nuanced dynamics; melancholy affects; musical Enlightenment

Chapter.  6250 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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