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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Contents

Introduction
1
The First Movement of Boccherinis Cello Sonata in Eb Major Fuori Catalogo
14
Biographical
38
3 Gestures and Tableaux
65
4 Virtuosity Virtuality Virtue
105
5 A Melancholy Anatomy
160
The Early String Quartets
207
A Recreation
254
Chronological Table of String Quartets
271
Notes
273
Bibliography
331
Index
345
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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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