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Beethoven & Freedom

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Over the last two centuries, Beethoven's music has been synonymous with the idea of freedom, in particular a freedom embodied in ... Weiterlesen
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Over the last two centuries, Beethoven's music has been synonymous with the idea of freedom, in particular a freedom embodied in the heroic figure of Prometheus. This image arises from a relatively small circle of heroic works from the composer's middle period, most notably the Eroica Symphony. However, the freedom associated with the Promethean hero has also come under considerably critique by philosophers, theologians and political theorists; its promise of autonomy easily inverts into various forms of authoritarianism, and the sovereign will it champions is not merely a liberating force but a discriminatory one. Beethoven's freedom, then, appears to be increasingly problematic; yet his music is still employed today to mark political events from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the attacks of 9/11. Even more problematic, perhaps, is the fact that this freedom has shaped the reception of Beethoven music to such an extent that we forget that there is another kind of music in his oeuvre that is not heroic, a music that opens the possibility of a freedom yet to be articulated or defined. By exploring the musical philosophy of Theodor W. Adorno through a wide range of the composer's music, Beethoven and Freedom arrives at a markedly different vision of freedom. Author Daniel KL Chua suggests that a more human and fragile concept of freedom can be found in the music that has less to do with the autonomy of the will and its stoical corollary than with questions of human relation, donation, and a yielding to radical alterity. Chua's work makes a major and controversial statement by challenging the current image of Beethoven, and by suggesting an alterior freedom that can speak ethically to the twenty-first century.


Content Preface Introduction: SLOW INTRODUCTION - Lento I Overtura II Slow Thinking III Listening to Sirens IV Jolted V7 Dominant Expectations Movement I: NOTHING - Presto - più forte I Drawing a Blank II The Fantasy of Freedom III Nothing and Everything IV In the Moment V Speeding in Reverse VI Dialectic of Enlightenment VII Reflected Glory Movement II: SOMETHING - Adagio sostenuto - sempre pianissimo I In Order of Appearance II The Myth of Orpheus III Echo Homo IV No Hope in Hell V Child's Play VI The Devil's in the Small Print VII Echoes in Reverse VIII Redeeming Adorno Movement III: SOMEONE - Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo I The Sin of Omission II The Human III The Eyes of Alterity IV The Body and Memory V The Form of the Other VI Incognito VII Facing Redemption Bibliography Index


Titel: Beethoven & Freedom
EAN: 9780190657246
ISBN: 978-0-19-065724-6
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Oxford University Press
Genre: Musik
Anzahl Seiten: 336
Veröffentlichung: 18.07.2017
Jahr: 2017
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 10.7 MB
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