The Perfect Listener: <i>A Recreation</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:
The Perfect Listener: A Recreation

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This chapter examines the relationship between Luigi Boccherini and Joseph Haydn. It suggests that despite assertions of their subsequent enduring friendship in the obituary for Boccherini, we can be fairly sure that the two men never made direct contact. It explains that late-twentieth-century music-lovers have variously represented the Haydn-Boccherini polarity as light-dark, comic-tragic, male-female, intellect-sensibility, introverted-extraverted and it analyzes some of these comparisons. It also discusses the influence of Haydn's chamber music on the works of Boccherini.

Keywords: Luigi Boccherini; Joseph Haydn; chamber music; friendship

Chapter.  8480 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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