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Masculinity and Western Musical Practice

This project led to a volume of edited chapters, published by Ashgate, addressing the relationship between masculinity and art music or musical practice. Each of the twelve chapters deals with a specific case study, drawing from a wide range of musics and periods (from medieval music to the mid-twentieth century).

While these case studies are methodologically disparate and located in different historical and geographical locations, they all share a common concern for critical revaluation of the role of masculinity, in all its varied representations, in art music practices. The volume thus represents a timely contribution to the development of masculinity studies within musicology (and beyond). The volume is organised thematically around three core areas: effeminate/virile musics and masculinities; national masculinities and national musics; and masculine voice, discourse and identity.


  • Ian Biddle (editor)
  • Kirsten Gibson (editor)
  • Elizabeth Eva Leach (University of Oxford)
  • Howard Irving (University of Alabama at Birmingham)
  • Fred Everett Maus (University of Virginia)
  • Marcia Citron (Rice University)
  • Corissa Gould (Roehampton University)
  • Claire Taylor-Jay (Roehampton University)
  • Iain Stannard (Royal Northern College of Music)
  • Richard Wistreich (Royal Northern College of Music)
  • Annamaria Cecconi (Conservatorio Statale di Musica ‘A.Vivaldi’, Alessandria, Italy)
  • Esther Zaplana (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain)

The volume is now out and can be accessed on the Routledge website.