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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


Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition

1 Queering the Pitch: A Posy of Definitions and Impersonations
Wayne Koestenbaum


2 Musicality, Essentialism, and the Closet
Philip Brett
3 Sapphonics
Elizabeth Wood
4 On a Lesbian Relation with Music: A Serious Effort Not to Think Straight
Suzanne Cusick
5 A Conversation with Ned Rorem
Lawrence D. Mass


6 Henry Lawes's Setting of Katherine Philips's Friendship Poetry in His Second Book of Ayres and Dialogues, 1655: A Musical Misreading?
Lydia Hammesley
7 Unveiled Voices: Sexual Difference and the Castrato
Joke Dame
8 "Was George Frideric Handel Gay?": On Closet Questions and Cultural Politics
Gary C. Thomas
9 Constructions of Subjectivity in Schubert's Music
Susan McClary
10 Eros and Orientalism in Britten's Operas
Philip Brett
11 Queer Thoughts on Country Music and k.d. lang
Martha Mockus

Part Three * CONSORTS

12 Lesbian Compositional Process: One Lover-Composer's Perspective
Jennifer Rycenga
13 Growing up Female(s): Retrospective Thoughts on Musical Preferences and Meanings
Karen Pegley and Virginia Caputo
14 Authority and Freedom: Toward a Sociology of the Gay Choruses
Paul Attinello

Part Four * CODA

15 Lesbian and Gay Music
Philip Brett and Elizabeth Wood



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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.