A French Connection

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:
A French Connection

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This chapter analyzes the connection between musical desire and queer desire, and musical identity and queer identity. It suggests that recognizing the so-called musicosexual “closet codes” and their workings may clarify and complicate any number of issues in musical modernism concerning the activities and work of artists both gay and straight. It also contends that engaging these codes is essential to any genuine understanding or appreciation of the lives and work of this gay modernist composers' circle and their contemporaries and to any understanding of the mutual cross-coding of homosexuality and musicality that continues to shape our own cultural universe.

Keywords: musical desire; queer desire; musical identity; queer identity; musicosexual closet; musical modernism; gay modernist composers; homosexuality; musicality

Chapter.  13566 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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