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Boccherini's Body: An Essay in Carnal Musicology

Elisabeth Le Guin


This study of the works of Luigi Boccherini uses knowledge gleaned from the author's own playing of the cello as the keystone of her approach to the relationship between music and embodiment. In analyzing the striking qualities of Boccherini's music—its virtuosity, repetitiveness, obsessively nuanced dynamics, delicate sonorities, and rich palette of melancholy affects—the book develops an historicized critical method based on the embodied experience of the performer. In the process, it redefines the temperament of the musical Enlightenment as one characterized by urgent, volatile inquiries in ... More

Keywords: cello, critical method, embodiment, musical Enlightenment, self, string quartet

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780520240179
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520240179.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elisabeth Le Guin, author