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Elisabeth Le Guin

Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

 

 

 

Elisabeth Le Guin has developed two careers so far, as a Baroque cellist and as a musicologist; this dual perspective has permitted her to develop a series of dialogues, in tones and words, between theory and practice. She is a founding member of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and the Artaria String Quartet, appears in over 40 recordings, and continues to perform and record nationally and internationally, while aspiring ever more earnestly to the condition of an amateur. She has taught at UCLA since 1997, during which time she has received the American Musicological Society's Alfred Einstein Award (for an article on Boccherini published in JAMS, summer 2002), as well as grant support from the ACLS, The UC Presidents' Research Fund, the Institute for International Education (Fulbright program), UCLA's International Institute, and the Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain and United States Universities.

Professor Le Guin's book "Boccherini's Body: an Essay in Carnal Musicology," was published by the University of California Press in January 2006; she maintains a website with period criticism of the composer and downloadable recordings of his music, at: http://epub.library.ucla.edu/leguin/boccherini.

Her current book project, which will appear both Spanish and English versions, is on the tonadilla, a genre of comic musical theater popular in Madrid from c. 1750-1808. This apparently narrow focus permits her to explore issues as far-flung as medieval Iberian verse metrics, the oralization of print literature, early modern identity dynamics between the Metrópoli and its colonies, and the epistemology of creative reconstruction in historical research. Her DVD of a recreation of a 1771 tonadilla by Blas de Laserna won the American Musicological Society's Noah Greenberg Award in November 2007.

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