Music as Philosophy
Adorno and Beethoven's Late Style
By (author) Michael Spitzer
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Music as Philosophy by Michael Spitzer
Book DescriptionBeethoven's late style is the language of his ninth symphony, the Missa Solemnis, the last piano sonatas and string quartets, the Diabelli Variations, the Bagatelles, as well as five piano sonatas, five string quartets, and several smaller piano works. Historically, these works are seen as forging a bridge between the Classical and Romantic traditions: in terms of their musical structure, they continue to be regarded as revolutionary. Spitzer's book examines these late works in light of the musical and philosophical writings of the German intellectual Theodor Adorno, and in so doing, attempts to reconcile the conflicting approaches of musical semiotics and critical theory. He draws from various approaches to musical, linguistic, and aesthetic meaning, relating Adorno to such writers as Derrida, Benjamin, and Habermas, as well as contemporary music theorists. Through analyses of Beethoven's use of specific musical techniques (including neo-Baroque fugues and counterpoint), Spitzer suggests that the composer's last works offer a philosophical and musical critique of the Enlightenment, and in doing so created the musical language of premodernism.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780253347244
(5983mm x 3971mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 25-May-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Michael Spitzer
Metaphor and Musical Thought, Paperback (January 2016)
Treating issues of language, aesthetics, semiotics, and cognition, this book offers an evaluation and an original theory of the ways our cultural values have informed the metaphors we use to address music.
Music in German Philosophy, Paperback (March 2011)» View all books by Michael Spitzer
A guide to the musical discourse of ten of the most important German philosophers, from Kant to Adorno. Each chapter consists of a short biographical sketch of the philosopher concerned, a summary of his writings on aesthetics, and finally a detailed exploration of his thoughts on music.
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Author Biography - Michael Spitzer
Michael Spitzer is Reader in Music at Durham University, United Kingdom. He has written widely on aspects of music theory and semiotics and is author of Metaphor and Musical Thought.
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