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Queer Episodes in Music and Modern Identity

Awards and Recognition:

Winner of the Philip Brett Award, the Gay & Lesbian Study Group of the American Musicological Society, 2002.

Exploring the relationship between queer sexuality and music in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century

Queer Episodes in Music and Modern Identity approaches modern sexuality by way of music. Through the hidden or lost stories of composers, scholars, patrons, performers, audiences, repertoires, venues, and specific works, this intriguing volume explores points of intersection between music and queerness in Europe and the United States in the years 1870 to 1950--a period when dramatic changes in musical expression and in the expression of individual sexual identity played similar roles in washing away the certainties of the past. Pursuing the shadowy, obscured tracks of queerness, contributors unravel connections among dissident identities and concrete aspects of musical style, gestures, and personae.

Contributors are Byron Adams, Philip Brett, Malcolm Hamrick Brown, Sophie Fuller, Mitchell Morris, Jann Pasler, Ivan Raykoff, Fiona Richards, Eva Rieger, Gillian Rodger, Sherrie Tucker, and Lloyd Whitesell.

"Queer Episodes in Music and Modern Identity is a beautifully edited collection of essays devoted to the intersections of music and queerness in Europe and the United States from 1870 to 1950. . . . A stellar contribution to queer music scholarship [and] an essential text for those interested in the modernist period."--Journal of the American Musicological Society

"Anyone interested in music, sexuality, or both undoubtedly will find something new or intriguing in this book and, in the process, will find incontrovertible evidence that the two worlds of sexuality and music were and are intimately connected."--Journal of the History of Sexuality

"This superb collection of twelve essays offers much new research and makes a fine addition to queer musicology. . . . Many of the contributors explore subject matter previously overlooked, veiled, or suppressed, presenting significant new research that draws on primary documents. . . . Highly recommended."--Choice

"A substantial contribution to the developing field of queer studies in musicology. . . . Will become required reading in the field very quickly. . . . A rich source of information about composers and other musicians that we have not had readily available before."--Ruth Solie, editor of Musicology and Difference: Gender and Sexuality in Music Scholarship

Sophie Fuller teaches at Trinity College of Music in London, England, and is the author of The Pandora Guide to Women Composers: Britain and the U.S., 1629-Present. Lloyd Whitesell, an associate professor of music at McGill University, is the author of The Music of Joni Mitchell.

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