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:
Being Musical

Show Summary Details


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

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.