Jewish Identities: Nationalism, Racism, and Utopianism in Twentieth-Century Music / Edition 1

Jewish Identities: Nationalism, Racism, and Utopianism in Twentieth-Century Music / Edition 1

by Klara Moricz
     
 


"This book makes a decisive and controversial contribution to the history of musical modernism. Moricz radically but thoroughly scrutinizes concepts of Jewish identity, and in doing so re-orders our understanding of 'Jewish music' as an outgrowth of nationalist, racist and utopian ideologies. The scholarship is superior in every respect. Jewish IdentitiesSee more details below

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"This book makes a decisive and controversial contribution to the history of musical modernism. Moricz radically but thoroughly scrutinizes concepts of Jewish identity, and in doing so re-orders our understanding of 'Jewish music' as an outgrowth of nationalist, racist and utopian ideologies. The scholarship is superior in every respect. Jewish Identities is destined to become a seminal work in the reception history of European musical modernism. An absolutely outstanding and intellectually brilliant work."—Harry White, author of The Keeper's Recital: Music and Cultural History in Ireland, 1770-1970

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520250888
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
02/05/2008
Series:
California Studies in 20th-Century Music Series
Pages:
468
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)

Meet the Author

Klára Móricz is the Valentine Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Amherst College. She is the editor of a forthcoming volume of the Béla Bartók Complete Critical Edition and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of American Musicological Society.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Note on Transliteration


Introduction

I. JEWISH NATIONALISM À LA RUSSE: THE SOCIETY FOR JEWISH FOLK MUSIC
1. "Trifles of Jewish Music"
2. Zhidï and Yevrei in a Neonationalist Context

II. MAN'S MOST DANGEROUS MYTH: ERNEST BLOCH AND RACIAL THOUGHT
3. Racial Mystique: Anti-Semitism and Ernest Bloch's Theories of Art
4. Denied and Accepted Stereotypes: From Jézabel to Schelomo
5. The Confines of Judaism and the Elusiveness of Universality: The Sacred Service

III. UTOPIAS/DYSTOPIAS: ARNOLD SCHOENBERG'S SPIRITUAL JUDAISM
6. Uneasy Parallels: From German Nationalism to Jewish Utopia
7. Torsos and Abstractions: "Music in Its Promised Land"
8. On the Ashes of the Holocaust: Anxiety, Abstraction, and Schoenberg's Rhetoric of Fear
9. A Taste for "the Things of Heaven": Cleansing Music of Politics

Postscript: "Castle of Purity"

Notes
Bibliography

Index

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