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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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A Melancholy Anatomy

A Melancholy Anatomy

(p.160) Chapter 5 A Melancholy Anatomy
Boccherini's Body

Elisabeth Le Guin

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on Luigi Boccherini's presentation of sensibilité through the body of his works. It examines the ways in which Boccherini encouraged his audience to read his consumption through this sensible window, thus invoking a very particularly inflected and infected embodiment. It suggests that if consumption is regarded as a deranged terminus of sensibilité, then we will find it summoned above all in musical representations of melancholy, which is something Boccherini's peers frequently heard and described in his music.

Keywords:   Luigi Boccherini, sensibilité, embodiment, melancholy, consumption, musical representations

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