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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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The Queer Composition of America's Sound

Nadine Hubbs

University of California Press

This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the history of the individual and collective achievements of U.S. gay modernist composers. It suggests that though the meanings of classical music, of homosexual identity, and of Americanness have changed substantially since the zenith of U.S. tonal modernism, the history of the gay Americana composers and their work has much to tell us about ourselves today. It concludes that the history of homosexuality is potentially nothing less than a history of human subjectivity, that is, of “the social construction of the self”.

Keywords:   gay modernist composers, classical music, homosexual identity, tonal modernism, human subjectivity

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