Proposes a new view of the later eighteenth century, and music's place in it, in terms of dynamic processes: metamorphosis, alchemy, vitalism, animation, disguise, acting, and madness. Argues that the taxonomic mentality of the period structured and facilitated a fascination with volatility and radical transformation. Poses a challenge to musical scholarship in which the fixing of music in score and performance, style and genre, period and context, obscures music's protean muse.
|Journal||JOURNAL OF MUSICOLOGICAL RESEARCH|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 12 Jan 2021|