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Music and Sexuality in BrittenSelected Essays$
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Philip Brett and George Haggerty

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520246096

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520246096.001.0001

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Remembering Philip Brett

(p.1) Introduction
Music and Sexuality in Britten

Philip Brett

University of California Press

This chapter opens with a discussion of the past experience of the author with Philip Brett. He recalls one evening in 1986 when he met Philip Brett at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society in Cleveland. After several years of avoiding the meetings, the author had come to this one largely because of his then graduate student Lydia Hamessley, who wanted an introduction to the profession. The Cleveland meeting was exceptionally enervating, and he cringed at presenting a bright, young scholar to such dreary fare. While trolling the lobby, Lydia and the author spotted on the bulletin board a small note announcing a cocktail party for anyone interested in gay and lesbian issues. As it happens, the author had a composition student, Steven Houtz, who had asked the author about the possibility of gay music criticism, and the author decided to drop in to see if anyone at the party had any information.

Keywords:   Philip Brett, American Musicological Society, gay music criticism, Cleveland

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