(2002). An Anthology of friendship: the letters from John Ireland to Father Kenneth Thompson.
In: Fuller, Sophie and Whitesell, Lloyd eds.
Queer episodes in music and modern identity.
Urbana, USA: University of Illinois Press, pp. 245–267.
In this collection this chapter examines the rarefied sexuality of the English composer John Ireland, who was smitten by young choristers. The most valuable evidence is a collection of confessional letters to a close friend, Father Kenneth Thompson. The chapter considers how the love of youth may be sensed in Ireland's lyrical, intense and introspective music; through homoerotic references, both classical and personal; and through the delicate symbolic interplay of sensuality and innocence.
||Winner of the 2002 AMS Philip Brett Award.
||Music and sexuality; 20th century music
||Arts > Music
||20 Jun 2006
||02 Dec 2010 19:48
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