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Essays on Music

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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 reading ...more
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Published August 8th 2002 by University of California Press (first published October 12th 1991)
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This guy. His book lacks any evidence to back up its claims. And besides that, it's incredibly insulting. And on many occasions, just wrong. This guy.

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"The listener of normal musical intelligence who hears the Kundry motif of Parsifal for the first time is likely to recognize it when it is played again because it is unmistakable and not exchangeable for anything else. If the same listener were confronted with an average song-hit, he would not be able to distin
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Love it. Re-reading again if only for the sheer of joy of seeing what a sympathetic and patient reading of Adorno by Leppert can do for one's sense of possibility.
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Strong on the Second Viennese School, ridiculous on jazz and popular music.
Oct 26, 2008 Diamond rated it really liked it
A wonderful set of essays. I particularly like when he talks about military music and the beat. The essays in this book are one of the first attempts to understand musical aesthetics within modernity.
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Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno was one of the most important philosophers and social critics in Germany after World War II. Although less well known among anglophone philosophers than his contemporary Hans-Georg Gadamer, Adorno had even greater influence on scholars and intellectuals in postwar Germany. In the 1960s he was the most prominent challenger to both Sir Karl Popper's philosophy of science a ...more
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“They [the critics] deal with Schoenberg’s early works and all their wealth by classifying them, with the music-historical cliché, as late romantic post-Wagnerian. One might just as well dispose of Beethoven as a late-classicist post-Haydnerian.” 4 likes
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