“Cello-and-Bow Thinking”: <i>The First Movement of Boccherini's Cello Sonata in E♭ Major, Fuori Catalogo</i>

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:
“Cello-and-Bow Thinking”: The First Movement of Boccherini's Cello Sonata in E♭ Major, Fuori Catalogo

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This chapter analyzes the first movement in Luigi Boccherini's cello sonata in E♭major. It contends that the sense of reciprocity in the process of identification of Western classical music is not entirely wistful or metaphorical, but functions as a real relationship. It argues that this relationship is not fantastic, incidental, or inessential to musicology and that it can and should be a primary source of knowledge about the performed work of art. It also asserts that carnal musicology bears witness to a genuinely reciprocal relationship between performer and composer.

Keywords: cello sonata; Luigi Boccherini; reciprocity; classical music; musicology; performer; composer

Chapter.  8729 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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