Title

Lesbian Compositional Process: One Lover-Composer's Perspective

Publication Date

10-31-2006

Document Type

Contribution to a Book

Department

Humanities

Disciplines

Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Music

Publication Title

Queering the Pitch

Editor

Philip Brett, Elizabeth Wood, Gary C Thomas

DOI

10.4324/9780203944189-21

First Page

275

Last Page

296

Abstract

Being a lesbian makes a difference, transforms the thought/action process that is composition. To make such a claim is not an invitation to an old essentialism/constructionism debate, but to be in movement beyond static and deterministic categories. e attitude to the world made possible by both music and lesbian sexuality opens routes to an involved, attentive materiality/temporality. is calls forth discussion of three subjects that are normally taboo by themselves, let alone in combination: sexuality, the process of creativity, and ontology. By ontology I do not mean any closed system, but an active sense that the experience/process of Be-ing2 and knowing-i.e., living-is real: “It has all the meaning we can make of it.”3

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