Virtuosity, Virtuality, Virtue

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:
Virtuosity, Virtuality, Virtue

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This chapter explores Luigi Boccherini's virtuosity as it manifests in his solo sonatas. It explains that in certain sonatas, Boccherini distanced and ironized the performer in specific regard to his virtuosity, thereby making a sophisticated contribution to the Enlightenment dialogue between self and appearance. It also analyzes why virtuosity is so often and so roundly dismissed by critics both of Boccherini's age and of ours.

Keywords: Luigi Boccherini; virtuosity; solo sonatas; Enlightenment; self

Chapter.  15792 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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