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An introduction to the three essays included in this section. The article highlights the right to know whether Chopin was gay and contextualizes this inquiry in a very long and pervasive historiographical tradition, essentially two-hundred years long, dedicated to examine Chopin sexual orientation, on the one hand, and on the other the more recent tradition of queering western classical music composers. The main point is not to demonstrate categorically that Chopin was “gay” (a relative, modern identity marker in any case) but rather to highlight the discourses that have presented him as unequivocally heterosexual.


Una introducción a los tres ensayos incluidos en esta sección. El artículo destaca el derecho a saber si Chopin era gay y contextualiza esta investigación en una tradición historiográfica muy larga y persistente, esencialmente de doscientos años de duración, dedicada a examinar la orientación sexual de Chopin, por un lado, y por otro la tradición más reciente de queering compositores de música clásica occidental. La idea central no es demostrar categóricamente que Chopin era “gay” (un marcador de identidad relativo y moderno en cualquier caso) sino más bien resaltar los discursos que lo han presentado como inequívocamente heterosexual.


This article was originally published in Itamar: Revista de investigación musical, available at

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