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Beethoven's Kiss : Pianism, Perversion, and the Mastery of Desire

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A vivid (and startling) example of the 'new musicology', Beethoven's Kiss is an interdisciplinary study of romantic pianism in relation to gender and sexuality.

Confronting problems posed by keyboard players - erotic anxieties of musical amateurs, sexual myths concerning child prodigies, prurient interests in leading virtuosos, castrating figurations of 'maiden' piano teachers - the author underscores the extent to which the piano resonates with intimations of both homosexuality and mortality.

The book concludes with a far-ranging analysis of the performance art of Liberace.

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Stanford University Press
0804725977 / 9780804725972
United States
152p. : ill.
22 cm
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