Chapter

Being Musical

Nadine Hubbs

in The Queer Composition of America's Sound

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780520241848
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937956 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520241848.003.0002
Being Musical

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This chapter explores the intersections of musical and homosexual identity in twentieth-century American culture. It examines the operative categories and constructs in the cultural and historical specificity of New York-based gay composers from the 1920s to the 1950s, taking a social-constructionist view of what were often highly essentialized understandings of self and other. It also addresses questions that readily arise from queer identifications of so many celebrated twentieth-century American composers, including Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, and Marc Blitzstein.

Keywords: musical identity; homosexual identity; American culture; gay composers; New York; Samuel Barber; Leonard Bernstein; Marc Blitzstein

Chapter.  15667 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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