La Maupin was a tour de force, take-no-prisoners artist and a resident singer at the. La Maupin did a few things that were deemed more than…. Not only did she elope with her fencing instructor and perform daring fencing shows, but she actually impersonated a postulate in a convent to be with her female lover.
The French-Canadian composer Claude Vivierwho died in at the age of 35, looms across the 20th century, an enigma that defies decoding. An orphan — not for nothing is his most famous and beautiful piece called Lonely Child — he moved restlessly and, by all accounts, laughed wildly. The emphasis of his work and life was on travel and exploration.
Can you imagine a world without the music of Handel, Tchaikovsky, or Britten? These great composers of the past are just a few of many important musical figures who did not identify as heterosexual. Check out this list of 15 composers, some of whom are still living, and let us know who your favorite queer composers are in the comments below.
An intimate portrait of the voice of electronic music duo Goldfrapp. Olivia Laing presents an imaginative portrait of the elusive musician Arthur Russell. James Naughtie profiles one of the greatest composers of the 20th century.
Cliburn, whose triumph at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at age 23 was the crowning achievement of what had been a white-hot track record of competition winning and concertizing after a lauded three-year stint at the famous Juilliard School, died Feb. The story of his win in Moscow at the height of the Cold War when he was exalted as a symbol of overcoming the fear and paranoia of the era with great art, has been oft told, especially over the last week as his life has been remembered and celebrated. Smith, his friend and manager who survives him.
A towering figure in the history of music, Stravinsky was a private man who led a double life for decades, dividing his time between his wife and four children and his lover, Vera, who became his second wife. The revelations were much discussed after Craft, 89, repeated his claims in a subsequent essay published last month in the Times Literary Supplement and Musical America, a weekly online classical music magazine, and other websites picked up the story. The two were time-to-time lovers
Queer composers have been creating music throughout history. Archaic Greek poet Sappho, for instance, was penning homoerotic song lyrics on the island of Lesbos as early as the 7th century BC. While we honor composers past and present who, for whatever reason, were or are not openly out, here are some contemporary composers whose sexual and gender identities have directly intersected with their work as musicians.
Of the six, two, Germaine Tailleferre and Louis Durey, would live a quiet life in the second division of composers, while Georges Auric would make his name, and eventually a lot of money, as a film composer. In a society that liked things to be well ordered, Poulenc got off to a bad start. For one thing, he was rich and, as we know, composers are supposed to struggle financially and even those who, like Massenet, achieve wealth by working hour days are somehow guilty of poor form.