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A Melancholy Anatomy

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/9780520240179.003.0006
A Melancholy Anatomy

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This chapter focuses on Luigi Boccherini's presentation of sensibilité through the body of his works. It examines the ways in which Boccherini encouraged his audience to read his consumption through this sensible window, thus invoking a very particularly inflected and infected embodiment. It suggests that if consumption is regarded as a deranged terminus of sensibilité, then we will find it summoned above all in musical representations of melancholy, which is something Boccherini's peers frequently heard and described in his music.

Keywords: Luigi Boccherini; sensibilité; embodiment; melancholy; consumption; musical representations

Chapter.  11767 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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