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Circuit Listening

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Peer-reviewed

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Book chapter

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Authors

Lockhart, Ellen 

Abstract

Giacomo Puccini was enthusiastic about electricity. To begin with, there were the modern luxuries it made available: electric lighting, the telegraph, the telephone, the radio, the refrigerator – he made use of them all. When he sailed westward across the Atlantic in 1907, on board the SS Kaiserin Auguste Victoria, he made a point of counting the electric light bulbs in his cabin – ‘I have seventy’ – and noting all the other extravagances powered by electricity. There were electric devices on board that he intended to enjoy (heated water, cigar lighters, a Marconi telegraph to supply passengers with news from around the world); and ones he didn’t, like the mechanical wooden exercise horses, ‘onto which American women climb each day to jostle the uterus’.

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Title

Circuit Listening

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Is Part Of

Nineteenth-Century Opera and the Scientific Imagination

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Publisher

Cambridge University Press

ISBN

9781316275863

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European Research Council (638241)