418 Pages
    by Routledge

    418 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    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

    Part Two * CHRONICLES

    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




    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.