Essays on Music

Essays on Music

by Theodor Adorno
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520231597

ISBN-13: 9780520231597

Pub. Date: 08/08/2002

Publisher: University of California Press

Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969), one of the principal figures associated with the Frankfurt School, wrote extensively on culture, modernity, aesthetics, literature, and—more than any other subject—music. To this day, Adorno remains the single most influential contributor to the development of qualitative musical sociology which, together with his nuanced

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Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969), one of the principal figures associated with the Frankfurt School, wrote extensively on culture, modernity, aesthetics, literature, and—more than any other subject—music. To this day, Adorno remains the single most influential contributor to the development of qualitative musical sociology which, together with his nuanced intertextual readings of musical works, gives him broad claim as a continuing force in the study of music. This long-awaited collection of twenty-seven essays represents the full range of Adorno's music writing. Nearly half of the essays appear in English for the first time; all of the essays are fully annotated; and the previously translated essays have been corrected and missing text restored, making this volume the definitive resource on Adorno's musical thought.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520231597
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/08/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
760
Sales rank:
1,260,174
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 2.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Translator's Note
Abbreviations

Introduction (by Richard Leppert)

1. LOCATING MUSIC: SOCIETY, MODERNITY, AND THE NEW
Commentary (by Richard Leppert)
Music, Language, and Composition (1956)
Why Is the New Art So Hard to Understand? (1931)
On the Contemporary Relationship of Philosophy and Music (1953)
On the Problem of Musical Analysis
The Aging of the New Music (1955)
The Dialectical Composer (1934)

2. CULTURE, TECHNOLOGY, AND LISTENING
Commentary (by Richard Leppert)
The Radio Symphony (1941)
The Curves of the Neddle (1927/1965)
The Form of the Phonograph Record
Opera and the Long-Playing Record (1969)
On the Fetish-Character in Music and the Regression of Listening (1938)
Little Heresy (1965)

3. MUSIC AND MASS CULTURE
Commentary (by Richard Leppert)
What National Socialism Has Done to the Arts (1945)
On the Social Situation of Music (1932)
On Popular Music [With the assistance of George Simpson] (1941)
On Jazz (1936)
Farewell to Jazz (1933)
Kitsch (c. 1932)
Music in the Background (c. 1934)

4. COMPOSITION, COMPOSERS, AND WORKS
Commentary (by Richard Leppert)
Late Style in Beethoven (1937)
Alienated Masterpiece: The Missa Solemnis (1959)
Wagner's Relevance for Today (1963)
Mahler Today (1930)
Marginalia on Mahler (1936)
The Opera Wozzeck (1929)
Toward an Understanding of Schoenberg (1955/1967)
Difficulties (1964, 1966)

Bibliography
Source and Copyright Acknowledgments

Index

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