This study analyzes representations of music in fiction, drama and poetry as well as normative texts in order to contribute to a gendered cultural history of domestic performance. From the Tudors to the First World War, playing the harpsichord or piano was an indispensable asset of any potential bride, and education manuals as well as courtship plots and love poems pay homage to this social function of music. The Gaze of the Listener charts the fundamental tension which determines all these texts: while music is warmly recommended in conduct books and provides standard metaphors like concord a
Acknowledgments; Contents; Introduction; I. Sex and the Virginals; II. ""Musick in the House, Musick in the Heart, and Musick also in Heaven"": The Harpsichord; III. ""Accomplishments, Accomplishments, Accomplishments"": The Piano-Forte; IV. ""Glorious disability"" The Piano and the Mid-Victorians; V. Triumph and Oblivion; Conclusion; References
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