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The Queer Composition of America's SoundGay Modernists, American Music, and National Identity$
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Nadine Hubbs

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520241848

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520241848.001.0001

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A French Connection

A French Connection

Modernist Codes in the Musical Closet

(p.117) 3. A French Connection
The Queer Composition of America's Sound

Nadine Hubbs

University of California Press

This chapter analyzes the connection between musical desire and queer desire, and musical identity and queer identity. It suggests that recognizing the so-called musicosexual “closet codes” and their workings may clarify and complicate any number of issues in musical modernism concerning the activities and work of artists both gay and straight. It also contends that engaging these codes is essential to any genuine understanding or appreciation of the lives and work of this gay modernist composers' circle and their contemporaries and to any understanding of the mutual cross-coding of homosexuality and musicality that continues to shape our own cultural universe.

Keywords:   musical desire, queer desire, musical identity, queer identity, musicosexual closet, musical modernism, gay modernist composers, homosexuality, musicality

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