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Adorno's Aesthetics of Music

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ISBN-10: 0521626080

ISBN-13: 9780521626088

Edition: 1995

Authors: Max Paddison

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The main aim of this book is to provide a conceptual context within which to situate Adorno's writings on music. It has quickly established itself as a classic text. Paddison surveys the early writings from the 1920s and examines Adorno's idiosyncratic reception of Marx and Freud. He then discusses Adorno's approach to analysis, and to the sociology of music, and his philosophy of history. The study closes with a critical assessment of Adorno's concept of musical material in the context of his best-known book Philosophy of New Music.
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Book details

List price: $55.99
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/30/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 5.98" wide x 8.98" long x 0.91" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Adorno in context
Reading Adorno
Considerations on method
Constellations: towards a critical method
The writings on music: a thematic outline
History, nature, second nature: the debates with Lukacs and Benjamin
The problem of form: Bartok, Hindemith, Stravinsky and the Second Viennese School
Towards a critical method: levels of interpretation
The development of a theory of musical material
Theories of artistic material: precursors and contemporaries
The Adorno-Krenek debate
On the social situation of music
The problem of mediation
Hegel: mediation and the dialectic
Adorno's Marxian model: the social mediation of music
Freud: art and sublimation
Max Weber adapted; rationality and mimesis
A material theory of form
The immanent dialectic of musical material
Immanent analysis: Berg, Sonata op. 1
Adorno's interpretation of Berg: critique and commentary
Proposals for a material theory of musical form
Social content and social function
The social dialectic of musical material
Musical production
Musical reproduction (I): performance
Musical reproduction (II): distribution
Musical consumption
The historical dialectic of musical material
Adorno's philosophy of music history
Bach and the style galant
Beethoven and Berlioz
Wagner and Brahms
Debussy and Mahler
The disintegration of musical material
Issues in the philosophy of New Music
The decline of the modern
Concluding remarks
Index of names
Subject index