Schoenberg and Redemption

Schoenberg and Redemption

by Julie Brown

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Schoenberg and Redemption by Julie Brown

Schoenberg and Redemption presents a new way of understanding Schoenberg's step into atonality in 1908. Reconsidering his threshold and early atonal works, as well as his theoretical writings and a range of previously unexplored archival documents, Julie Brown argues that Schoenberg's revolutionary step was in part a response to Wagner's negative charges concerning the Jewish influence on German music. In 1898 and especially 1908 Schoenberg's Jewish identity came into confrontation with his commitment to Wagnerian modernism to provide an impetus to his radical innovations. While acknowledging the broader turn-of-the-century Viennese context, Brown draws special attention to continuities between Schoenberg's work and that of Viennese moral philosopher Otto Weininger, himself an ideological Wagnerian. She also considers the afterlife of the composer's ideological position when, in the late 1920s and early 1930s, the concept of redeeming German culture of its Jewish elements took a very different turn.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781139948913
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/26/2014
Series: New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Julie Brown is Associate Professor at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has published articles and books on early twentieth-century music, including Bartok and the Grotesque: Studies in Modernity, the Body and Contradiction in Music (2007); her edited collection Western Music and Race (2007) was awarded the American Musicological Society's Ruth A. Solie Award (2008). She also publishes on screen music, with an increasing specialism in the sonic dimension of early film exhibition: she is contributing editor (with Annette Davison) of The Sounds of the Silents in Britain (2013).

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Schoenberg, history, trauma?; 2. Schoenberg as Christ; 3. Otto Weininger, Richard Wagner and musical discourse in turn-of-the-century Vienna; 4. Schoenberg and Wagnerian Deutschtum; 5. Compositional innovation and the redemption of Ahasuerus; 6. Woman and the symbolism of self-redemption; 7. Re-reading Schoenberg's Musical Idea; 8. Coda: changing history into memory; Appendix. 'Every young Jew'.

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