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Boccherini's BodyAn Essay in Carnal Musicology$
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Elisabeth Le Guin

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520240179

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520240179.001.0001

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Gestures and Tableaux

Gestures and Tableaux

(p.65) Chapter 3 Gestures and Tableaux
Boccherini's Body

Elisabeth Le Guin

University of California Press

This chapter examines the peculiarities and visuality of Luigi Boccherini's works. It uses Denis Diderot's works and Gasparo Angiolini's descriptions of pantomime dance to uncover the pictures in Boccherini's music. It analyzes some of the music's stylistic features, in particular its evocations of serious opera and of Madrilenian musical cultures. It suggests that Boccherini's career is particularly interesting for the course he took and for the philosophical issues that swirl in his wake. Issues of text and performance, authority and permeability and the limits of the legible are most interestingly demonstrated in his relation to his own virtuoso status as a performer.

Keywords:   Luigi Boccherini, visuality, Denis Diderot, Gasparo Angiolini, opera, musical cultures

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