Sound Figures (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics Series)

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“The publication of the collection of musical essays in Sound Figures is particularly important for the establishment of a more sensitive reception of the rich thought of Adorno. Here we have a very good translation of Adorno’s texts. . . .”—Philosophy in Review
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Overview


“The publication of the collection of musical essays in Sound Figures is particularly important for the establishment of a more sensitive reception of the rich thought of Adorno. Here we have a very good translation of Adorno’s texts. . . .”—Philosophy in Review
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"The publication of the collection of musical essays in Sound Figures is particularly important for the establishment of a more sensitive reception of the rich thought of Adorno. Here we have a very good translation of Adorno's texts. . . ."—Philosophy in Review
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Adorno, one of the founders of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory, shows his more casual side in essays which originated in public lectures and radio addresses. Coverage includes prominent figures in music, such as Alban Berg, Anton von Webern, and Arturo Toscanini); compositional technique, including the prehistory of the 12-tone row; and the larger questions of musical sociology for which Adorno is most famous, including the relation of interpretation to audience and the historical meaning of musical technique. Lacks an index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804735582
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Series: Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,467,552
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Acknowledgment
Some Ideas on the Sociology of Music 1
Bourgeois Opera 15
New Music, Interpretation, Audience 29
The Mastery of the Maestro 40
The Prehistory of Serial Music 54
Alban Berg 69
The Orchestration of Berg's Early Songs 80
Anton von Webern 91
Classicism, Romanticism, New Music 106
The Function of Counterpoint in New Music 123
Criteria of New Music 145
Music and Technique 197
Translator's Notes 217
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