Essays on Music

ISBN-10: 0520231597
ISBN-13: 9780520231597
Edition: 2002
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List price: $41.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 8/8/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 760
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 2.25" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

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.

Theodor W. Adorno is the progenitor of critical theory, a central figure in aesthetics, and the century's foremost philosopher of music. He was born and educated in Frankfurt, Germany. After completing his Ph.D. in philosophy, he went to Vienna, where he studied composition with Alban Berg. He soon was bitterly disappointed with his own lack of talent and turned to musicology. In 1928 Adorno returned to Frankfurt to join the Institute for Social Research, commonly known as The Frankfurt School. At first a privately endowed center for Marxist studies, the school was merged with Frankfort's university under Adorno's directorship in the 1950s. As a refugee from Nazi Germany during World War II, Adorno lived for several years in Los Angeles before returning to Frankfurt. Much of his most significant work was produced at that time. Critics find Adorno's aesthetics to be rich in insight, even when they disagree with its broad conclusions. Although Adorno was hostile to jazz and popular music, he advanced the cause of contemporary music by writing seminal studies of many key composers. To the distress of some of his admirers, he remained pessimistic about the prospects for art in mass society. Adorno was a neo-Marxist who believed that the only hope for democracy was to be found in an interpretation of Marxism opposed to both positivism and dogmatic materialism. His opposition to positivisim and advocacy of a method of dialectics grounded in critical rationalism propelled him into intellectual conflict with Georg Hegel, Martin Heidegger, and Heideggerian hermeneutics.

Preface and Acknowledgments
Translator's Note
Abbreviations
Introduction
Locating Music: Society, Modernity, and The New Commentary
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)
Culture, Technology, and Listening Commentary
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)
Music and Mass Culture Commentary
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)
Composition, Composers, and Works Commentary
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 OperaWozzeck(1929)
Toward an Understanding of Schoenberg (1955/1967)
Difficulties (1964, 1966)
Bibliography Source and Copyright
Acknowledgments
Index

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