This article brings together two instances of “quirk” objects that are remote from one another in genre and time (Rousseau’s Pygmalion and a Busby Berkeley dance number), in order to put pressure on the explanatory power of historical context within musicology.
Pygmalion and the Music of Mere Interest
Ellen Lockhart is an Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of Toronto, having recently completed postdoctoral studies at Princeton’s Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts. Her articles have appeared in the Cambridge Opera Journal, Eighteenth-Century Music, and Opera Quarterly; her book will be published by the University of California Press in 2016, and her forthcoming critical edition of Puccini’s La fanciulla del West for Casa Ricordi will be performed at La Scala in 2017 under the direction of Riccardo Chailly.
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Ellen Lockhart; Pygmalion and the Music of Mere Interest. Representations 1 November 2015; 132 (1): 95–103. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2015.132.1.95
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