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An Anthology of friendship: the letters from John Ireland to Father Kenneth Thompson

Richards, Fiona (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.

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 0-252-02740-X, 978-0-252-02740-6
Extra Information: Winner of the 2002 AMS Philip Brett Award.
Keywords: Music and sexuality; 20th century music
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > Music
Item ID: 2727
Depositing User: Fiona Richards
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 19:48
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/2727
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