TTE #13 Queer Musicology: exploring classical and contemporary composers who have challenged gender and sexuality in music.
Queer studies is still an underused, under explored field of musicology, but in practical music it has existed (even if under the radar) for centuries. Queer Musicology fosters critical analysis of sexuality and gender in music. Feminist musicology began *formally* with McClary’s Feminist Endings, despite it’s flaws, it prompted us to acknowledge how gendered the study and practice of music was, queer musicology goes further and addresses how, once gendered, it became sexualised.
This is only a very brief glance over some of the composers, artists etc that I’ve encountered who have worked within this grey area.
Includes sounds, talks and compositions from Ultra-Red, Julius Eastman, Pauline Oliveros, John Cage, Aaron Copland, Wendy Carlos, Terre Thaemlitz, Keiji Haino, John Zorn and John Corigliano.