Bertolt Brecht's Striving for Reason, Even in Music: A Critical Assessment / Edition 1

Bertolt Brecht's Striving for Reason, Even in Music: A Critical Assessment / Edition 1

by Michael John T. Gilbert
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820404217

ISBN-13: 9780820404219

Pub. Date: 11/01/1988

Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated

Not long after Bertolt Brecht's death in 1956, his musical collaborator of many years, Hanns Eisler, characterized Brecht's attitude toward music with a mixture of admiration and skepticism as «dieses Streben Brechts nach Vernunft auch in der Musik.» In this comprehensive, chronologically-arranged study of Brecht's involvement with music, the origins

Overview

Not long after Bertolt Brecht's death in 1956, his musical collaborator of many years, Hanns Eisler, characterized Brecht's attitude toward music with a mixture of admiration and skepticism as «dieses Streben Brechts nach Vernunft auch in der Musik.» In this comprehensive, chronologically-arranged study of Brecht's involvement with music, the origins and implications of the writer's quest for «rationality, even in music» are systematically examined. Particular attention is given to the pertinent critical writings of both Brecht and his major musical collaborators Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler and Paul Dessau as a framework for examining Brecht's multifaceted relationship to music. Finally, the book offers a critical assessment of Brecht's views on music as well as the nature and extent of his influence on 20th century musical aesthetics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820404219
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/01/1988
Series:
Studies in Modern German Literature Series , #3
Pages:
334

Table of Contents

Contents: Bertolt Brecht, 1898-1956: writings and views on music, collaboration with composers and musicians (Kurt Weill, Paul Hindemith, Hanns Eisler, Franz Bruinier, Edmund Meisel, and others), influence on 20th century musical aesthetics.

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