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The Queer Composition of America's SoundGay Modernists, American Music, and National Identity$
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Nadine Hubbs

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520241848

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520241848.001.0001

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Being Musical

Being Musical

Gender, Sexuality, and Musical Identity in Twentieth-Century America

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(p.64) 2. Being Musical
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The Queer Composition of America's Sound
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Nadine Hubbs

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520241848.003.0002

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

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