Boccherini’s Body: An Essay in Carnal Musicology

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University of California Press, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 350 pages
"Boccherini’s Body is extremely important, both for its new directions and for its unique combination of interests. It offers a considerable amount of little-known material, and does so daringly and skillfully. Le Guin is a joy to read."—John Butt, author of Playing With History

"Virtuoso writing by a professional performer, this book unites history, biography, cultural studies, and a physically-lived sense of Boccherini's music. It is a work of unusual scholarly imagination; not only does it bring an under-studied body of music to light, but it also introduces new ways to think about performance in historical context."—Mary Hunter, author of the Culture of Opera Buffa in Mozart's Vienna

"Le Guin's book is an adventure in new forms of musical analysis, with a beguilingly passionate, yet rigorous style of philosophical introspection. Her book explodes old analytical paradigms, attending to the technologies and erotics of musical performance in ways some have wanted to do but none have achieved as Le Guin has. This book will catapult Le Guin to stardom."—Martha Feldman, author of City Culture and the Madrigal at Venice

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About the author (2006)

Elisabeth Le Guin is Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and an internationally respected Baroque cellist.

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