A series of case studies permit me to trace the shifting definitions of character as they came to be represented at the keyboard. I write of the construction and deconstruction of visual constructs of character in the pieces de clavecin of Francois Couperin. I consider how music for Spanish royals by Domenico Scarlatti and Antonio Soler functioned within the system of patronage to symbolically to represent patrons in a musical equivalent of the state portrait. I examine constructs of gender and female character in accompanied sonatas by and for the French amateur Madame Brillon de Jouy, and end with an analysis of musical self-portraiture and subjectivity in the free fantasias of C. P. E. Bach.INTRODUCTION As I practiced at the keyboard during my years as a pianist, the idea of character often inspired my engagement with ... I sensed the shift in composerly voice and tried to get at the heart of what made the utterances of these two composers so different. ... If so, how? And why? When I returned to the subjec t as a graduate student in musicology, I discerned that keyboard music could notanbsp;...
|Title||:||Keyboard Portraits: Performing Character in the Eighteenth Century|
|Author||:||Sara Gross Ceballos|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|