n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Hubert du Plessis se vreemde liefde /

Volume 42, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


Hubert du Plessis's song cycle (Strange Love) was composed 50 years ago, in 1951, as a commissioned work for the Van Riebeeck Festival of 1952. The cycle, on texts by the Afrikaans poet I.D. du Plessis, has a homoerotic theme, and the composer expresses his innermost feelings in eight songs for baritone and piano. The contexts in which Du Plessis experienced his homosexuality in the different stages of his life until 1954 are considered in this article. Du Plessis is of the opinion that the restricted circumstances endured by homosexual persons in South Africa and in England, where he studied from 1951 to 1954, had very little negative influence on him and on his compositions. The cycle is proof of this. This article constitutes possibly the first time that a living South African composer's sexuality and its influence on his work have been investigated.

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