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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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“It Is All Cloth of the Same Piece”: The Early String Quartets

“It Is All Cloth of the Same Piece”: The Early String Quartets

(p.207) Chapter 6 “It Is All Cloth of the Same Piece”: The Early String Quartets
Boccherini's Body

Elisabeth Le Guin

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on Luigi Boccherini's works in the string quartet medium called quartettini. It explains that Boccherini used the term, and probably even coined it himself, because the works are shorter pieces and usually in two movements. It argues that some of the most affecting and characteristic music in the quartets can be found among the quartettini and that Boccherini's own typically diffident acknowledgment of the complex and distinctive unity in his work might not be made either by or on behalf of many other composers.

Keywords:   Luigi Boccherini, quartettini, string quartet, classical music

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