Boccherini's Body: An Essay in Carnal Musicology

By Elisabeth Le Guin

In this based examine of the works of the undeservedly ignored composer Luigi Boccherini, Elisabeth Le Guin makes use of wisdom gleaned from her personal enjoying of the cello because the keystone of her unique method of the connection among song and embodiment. In examining the outstanding characteristics of Boccherini's music—its virtuosity, repetitiveness, obsessively nuanced dynamics, soft sonorities, and wealthy palette of depression affects—Le Guin develops a historicized serious procedure in accordance with the embodied event of the performer. within the strategy, she redefines the temperament of the musical Enlightenment as one characterised by means of pressing, unstable inquiries into the character of the self. A CD of sound examples, played by way of the writer and her string quartet, is incorporated with the book.

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How and inside of what parameters used to be the functionality proof of the individual? To whom used to be any given functionality competently directed? Many conditions of Boccherini’s profession, in addition to info of his tune, recommend that his relation to questions of this sort used to be neither informal nor unexamined. lucca on the time of Boccherini’s beginning there in February 1743, Lucca was once, a lot because it is at the present time, a medium-sized, just a little out-of-the-way urban; its inhabitants within the 1744 census was once approximately twenty thousand. thirteen Civic files from the eighteenth century attest to a well-developed and well-supported musical tradition.

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Hammer-like, the fingers of that hand strike and liberate the string quickly with the intention to enunciate the music round the fixed thumb pitches. The left hand place mandates speedy, repeated string-crossings, for which the cellist’s correct arm needs to be articulated on the elbow, in order that its higher and reduce halves function in contrary instructions relating to that crucial fulcrum. each cellist will paintings this out just a little another way (some may want the executive articulation to ensue on the correct wrist), however it is bound to provide a visual influence of constraint in addition to a segmented, akimbo angularity, anathema to the practical perfect of actual softness, and to the pantomime perfect of a unified, reactive, expressive physique.

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