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Gestures and Tableaux

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520240179.003.0004
Gestures and Tableaux

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This chapter examines the peculiarities and visuality of Luigi Boccherini's works. It uses Denis Diderot's works and Gasparo Angiolini's descriptions of pantomime dance to uncover the pictures in Boccherini's music. It analyzes some of the music's stylistic features, in particular its evocations of serious opera and of Madrilenian musical cultures. It suggests that Boccherini's career is particularly interesting for the course he took and for the philosophical issues that swirl in his wake. Issues of text and performance, authority and permeability and the limits of the legible are most interestingly demonstrated in his relation to his own virtuoso status as a performer.

Keywords: Luigi Boccherini; visuality; Denis Diderot; Gasparo Angiolini; opera; musical cultures

Chapter.  15682 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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