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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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Boccherini's Body

Elisabeth Le Guin

University of California Press

This chapter examines the relationship between Luigi Boccherini and Joseph Haydn. It suggests that despite assertions of their subsequent enduring friendship in the obituary for Boccherini, we can be fairly sure that the two men never made direct contact. It explains that late-twentieth-century music-lovers have variously represented the Haydn-Boccherini polarity as light-dark, comic-tragic, male-female, intellect-sensibility, introverted-extraverted and it analyzes some of these comparisons. It also discusses the influence of Haydn's chamber music on the works of Boccherini.

Keywords:   Luigi Boccherini, Joseph Haydn, chamber music, friendship

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