New Ebook Launched About Queer Composers

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Pianist Luca Ciammarughi is the writer of a number of acclaimed books, together with his most up-to-date titled “We Don’t Contact This Key — Classical Music and Queer World.” 

Ciammarughi acknowledged the stir the title prompted when the ebook first turned out there, writing in a Fb submit: “This confirms to me that ‘We Don’t Contact This Key’ was simply the appropriate title; the variety of individuals embarrassed or aggravated by the topic is clearly very excessive, and never solely in Italy.”

“This subject in Italy has all the time been hidden below the carpet,” Ciammarughi informed Good Morning Geneva. “The aim of the ebook is, subsequently, to not make gossip: it isn’t a story in regards to the composers’ non-public life,” he continued. “Reasonably, it tries to know how they lived and the way censorship, plus their needs and fears, could have influenced their creativity.”

The ebook is lauded for its clarification and tracing of the historical past of the connection between classical musicians, their sexuality, and the society round them. Ciammarughi writes with out sensationalism and willingly discusses advanced matters.

In keeping with the ebook description, in step with the favored speculation that figuring out composers higher is crucial to understanding their artwork, the ebook “sheds gentle on the censored or sweetened points of such composers that at this time could be thought of queer.”

“Figuring out is all the time higher than not figuring out, particularly when you might have tried to cover and sweeten,” Ciammarughi wrote on Fb. “Somebody desires invisibility as a result of this corresponds to a non-existence: a prison cancellation.”

The ebook covers composers from the seventh by means of to the twentieth century. Throughout the latter period, Ciammarughi defined that being an overtly homosexual musician turned accepted solely after the combat for homosexual liberation within the Nineteen Sixties. 

“However in some nations, it’s not like that,” the pianist stated. “Many lesbian ladies in orchestras nonetheless endure discrimination.” In response to a overview by Le Salon Musical of his ebook, he wrote, “It’s true, this ebook is simply the start line of many potential paths. The aim is to open roads.”

For extra info and to buy the ebook, click on right here.


Along with classical and literary research, Ciammarughi studied music at Milan, Italy’s G. Verdi Conservatory with Paolo Bordoni, and vocal chamber music with Stelia Doz and Dalton Baldwin. He has additionally launched a number of CDs with ClassicaViva, Suonare Data, Concerto Classics, and Da Vinci Classics.


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