The Queer Composition of America's Sound: Gay Modernists, American Music, and National Identity / Edition 1

The Queer Composition of America's Sound: Gay Modernists, American Music, and National Identity / Edition 1

by Nadine Hubbs
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520241843

ISBN-13: 9780520241848

Pub. Date: 10/18/2004

Publisher: University of California Press

In this vibrant and pioneering book, Nadine Hubbs shows how a gifted group of Manhattan-based gay composers were pivotal in creating a distinctive "American sound" and in the process served as architects of modern American identity. Focusing on a talented circle that included Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson, Leonard Bernstein, Marc Blitzstein, Paul Bowles, David

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In this vibrant and pioneering book, Nadine Hubbs shows how a gifted group of Manhattan-based gay composers were pivotal in creating a distinctive "American sound" and in the process served as architects of modern American identity. Focusing on a talented circle that included Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson, Leonard Bernstein, Marc Blitzstein, Paul Bowles, David Diamond, and Ned Rorem, The Queer Composition of America's Sound homes in on the role of these artists' self-identification—especially with tonal music, French culture, and homosexuality—in the creation of a musical idiom that even today signifies "America" in commercials, movies, radio and television, and the concert hall.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520241848
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/18/2004
Pages:
293
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile:
1810L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments


Introduction. Composing Oneself

1. Modernist Abstraction and the Abstract Art: Four Saints and the Queer Composition of America’s Sound

2. Being Musical: Gender, Sexuality, and Musical Identity in Twentieth-Century America


Intermezzo. My Dear Freddy: Identity Excesses and Evasions chez Paul Bowles

3. A French Connection: Modernist Codes in the Musical Closet

4. Queerness, Eruption, Bursting: U.S. Musical Modernism at Midcentury

Coda. Composing Oneself (Reprise)

Notes
Works Cited
Discography

Index

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