Music, Criticism, and the Challenge of History by Kevin C. Karnes
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Music, Criticism, and the Challenge of History
By Kevin C. Karnes

Music, Criticism, and the Challenge of History

Shaping Modern Musical Thought in Late Nineteenth-century Vienna

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Music, Criticism, and the Challenge of History by Kevin C. Karnes

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More than a century after Guido Adler's appointment to the first chair in musicology at the University of Vienna, Music, Criticism, and the Challenge of History provides a first look at the discipline in this earliest period, and at the ideological dilemmas and methodological anxieties that characterized it upon its institutionalization. Author Kevin Karnes contends that some of the most vital questions surrounding musicology's disciplinary identities today-the relationship between musicology and criticism, the role of the subject in analysis and the narration of history, and the responsibilities of the scholar to the listening public-originate in these conflicted and largely forgotten beginnings. Karnes lays bare the nature of music study in the late nineteenth century through insightful readings of long-overlooked contributions by three of musicology's foremost pioneers-Adler, Eduard Hanslick, and Heinrich Schenker. Shaped as much by the skeptical pronouncements of the likes of Nietzsche and Wagner as it was by progressivist ideologies of scientific positivism, the new discipline comprised an array of oft-contested and intensely personal visions of music study, its value, and its future. Karnes introduces readers to a Hanslick who rejected the call of positivist scholarship and dedicated himself to penning an avowedly subjective history of Viennese musical life. He argues that Schenker's analytical experiments had roots in a Wagner-inspired search for a critical alternative to Adler's style-obsessed scholarship. And he illuminates Adler's determined response to Nietzsche's warnings about the vitality of artistic and cultural life in an increasingly scientific age. Through sophisticated and meticulous presentation, Music, Criticism, and the Challenge of History demonstrates that the new discipline of musicology was inextricably tied in with the cultural discourse of its time.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195368666
ISBN-10: 0195368665
Format: Hardback
(242mm x 165mm x 19mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 21-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Books By Author Kevin C. Karnes

Music, Criticism, and the Challenge of History by Kevin C. Karnes Music, Criticism, and the Challenge of History, Paperback (October 2016)

Examining pioneering and long-forgotten scholarly contributions by Eduard Hanslick, Guido Adler, and Heinrich Schenker, this book argues that music study, at the time of its academic institutionalization in the late 19th century, was a deeply conflicted endeavor.

Baltic Musics/Baltic Musicologies by Kevin C. Karnes Baltic Musics/Baltic Musicologies, Paperback (March 2013)

This collection brings together music scholars working on Baltic topics for the purpose of exploring the impact of Nazi and Soviet occupation (1940-91) and the restoration of republican independence upon the production of musicological knowledge in and about the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

Brahms and His World by Kevin C. Karnes Brahms and His World, Paperback (July 2009)

Considers such topics as Brahms' relationship with Clara and Robert Schumann, his musical interactions with the 'New German School' of Wagner and Liszt, his influence upon Arnold Schoenberg and other young composers, his approach to performing his own music, and his productive interactions with visual artists.

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Author Biography - Kevin C. Karnes

Kevin C. Karnes is Assistant Professor of Music History at Emory University. He is co-editor of the revised and expanded edition of Brahms and His World (2009) and author of articles on a variety of nineteenth-century topics published in 19th-Century Music, the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, and other periodicals.

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