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2nd Edition

Queering the Pitch

ISBN 9780415978842
Published August 31, 2006 by Routledge
418 Pages

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Book Description

When the first edition of Queering the Pitch was published in early 1994, it was immediately hailed as a landmark and defining work in the new field of Gay Musicology. In light of the explosion of Gay Musicology since 1994, a new edition of Queering the Pitch is timely and needed. In this new work, the editors are including a landmark essay by Philip Brett on Gay Musicology, its history and scope. The essay itself has become a cause celebre, and this will be its first full appearance in print. Along with this new historical essay, the editors are contributing a new introduction that outlines the changes that have occurred over the last decade as Gay Musicology has grown.

Table of Contents

1. Queering the Pitch: A Posy of Definitions and Impersonations  Part 1: Canons and Arias  2. Musicality, Essentialism, and the Closet  3. Sapphonics  4. On a Lesbian Relation with Music: A Serious Effort Not to Think Straight  5. A Conversation with Ned Rorem  Part 2: Chronicles  6. Henry Lawes's Setting of Katherine Philips's Friendship Poetry in His Second Book of Ayres and Dialogues, 1655: A Musical Misreading?  7. Unveiled Voices: Sexual Difference and the Castrato Joke Dame  8. "Was George Frideric Handel Gay?": On Closet Questions and Cultural Politics  9. Constructions of Subjectivity in Schubert's Music  10: Eros and Orientalism in Britten's Operas  11. Queer Thoughts on Country Music and k.d. lang  Part 3: Consorts  12. Lesbian Compositional Process: One Lover-Composer's Perspective  13. Growing up Female(s): Retrospective Thoughts on Musical Preferences and Meanings  14. Authority and Freedom: Toward a Sociology of the Gay Choruses  Part 4: Coda  Preface  15. Lesbian and Gay Music

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Liz Wood has taught Gay and Lesbian Studies at Sarah Lawrence College and as a adjunct at other colleges and universities. Gary C. Thomas is Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota.