The Schenker Project
Culture, Race, and Music Theory in Fin-de-siecle Vienna
By (author) Nicholas Cook
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Schenker Project by Nicholas Cook
Book DescriptionToday we think of Heinrich Schenker, who lived in Vienna from 1884 until his death in 1935, as the most influential music theorist of the twentieth century. But he saw his theoretical writings as part of a comprehensive project for the reform of musical composition, performance, criticism, and education-and beyond that, as addressing fundamental cultural, social, and political problems of the deeply troubled age in which he lived. This book aims to explain Schenker's project through reading his key works within a series of period contexts. These include music criticism, the field in which Schenker first made his name; Viennese modernism, particularly the debate over architectural ornamentation; German cultural conservatism, which is the source of many of Schenker's most deeply entrenched values; and Schenker's own position as a Galician Jew who came to Vienna just as fully racialized anti-semitism was developing there. As well as presenting an unfamiliar perspective on the cultural and political ferment of fin-de-siecle Vienna, this book reveals how deeply Schenker's theory is permeated by the social and political. It also raises issues concerning the meaning and value of music theory, and the extent to which today's music-theoretical agenda unwittingly reflects the values and concerns of a very different world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195170566
(242mm x 160mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 11-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Nicholas Cook
Cambridge History of Twentieth-century Music, Paperback (July 2014)
This book, first published in 2004, is an appraisal of the development of music in the twentieth century from the vantage-point of the twenty-first.
Cambridge Companion to Recorded Music, Hardback (November 2009)» View all books by Nicholas Cook
Featuring fascinating accounts from practitioners, this Companion examines how developments in recording have transformed musical culture.
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Author Biography - Nicholas Cook
Nicholas Cook is Professor of Music at Cambridge University. He is the author of articles and books on a wide variety of musicological and theoretical subjects (his Music: A Very Short Introduction has been translated into ten languages). He was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 2001.
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