Listening to Reason: Culture, Subjectivity, and Nineteenth-Century Music

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"This book may well become the next big statement on nineteenth-century music as a cultural phenomenon. Many will argue with it and, indeed, argue passionately--this is, after all, the proverbial problem that arises when one brings up religion and politics!--but that is precisely what is wanted and valued now. Moreover, it is not only accessible but will be vastly rewarding to music scholars, general and cultural historians, cultural theorists, and even many people who would simply describe themselves as music lovers."--Scott Burnham, Princeton University"This book provides original and startlingly creative contexts for the canonical musical figures that form its focus. For instance, the juxtaposition of Mozart and Rousseau as parallel voices in the development of a new kind of subjectivity yields brilliant insights, as does the linking of Beethoven, Goethe, and Schiller in the formulation of the 'genius as hero.' Perhaps the most suggestive of the author's depictions is of Wagner, whose cultural trajectory is read against Max Weber's "The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism." Steinberg writes from the dual perspective of the cultural historian and the cultural critic, and much of the freshness and polemical vigor of the book comes from this unusual combination."--Mary Gluck, Brown University


List of Illustrations ix Preface xi INTRODUCTION 1 CHAPTER ONE Staging Subjectivity in the Mozart/Da Ponte Operas 18 Staging Subjectivity 18 Don Giovanni and the Scene of Patricide 23 Le nozze di Figaro and the Scene of Emancipation 39 Cosi'fan tutte and the Scene of Instruction 51 CHAPTER TWO Beethoven: Heroism and Abstraction 59 Heroism and Abstraction 59 Heroism and Anxiety 67 Fidelio 73 The Symphony No.9 84 CHAPTER THREE Canny and Uncanny Histories in Biedermeier Music 94 Biedermeier Music 94 Mendelssohn's Canny Histories 97 Schumann's Uncanny Histories 122 Back to Schubert 131 CHAPTER FOUR The Family Romances of Music Drama 133 The Family Romances of Music Drama 133 Siegmund's Death 142 Subjectivity and Identity 153 CHAPTER FIVE The Voice of the People at the Moment of the Nation 163 People and Nations 163 Brahms, 1868 174 Verdi, 1874 178 Dvorak,1890 186 CHAPTER SIX Minor Modernisms 193 Music Trauma, or, Is There Life after Wagner? 193 Three Fins de Siecle 202 The Road into the Open 220 CHAPTER SEVEN The Musical Unconscious 226 Index 237


Michael P. Steinberg is Professor of History and Music, and Inaugural Director of the Cogut Center for the Humanities at Brown University. He is Associate Editor of "The Musical Quarterly" as well as author of "Austria as Theater and Ideology: The Meaning of the Salzburg Festival", which won Austria's Victor Adler Prize for History in 2001. He is also the recipient of the Berlin Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship.


"[Steinberg?s] analyses--music not as closed art form but as permeable cultural phenomenon--elicit some fruitful and unexpected results... [A] deeply rewarding book."--Peter Quinn, Times Literary Supplement "Michael P. Steinberg's subject is the vast change that came over music in the 19th century, from something couched in public terms--religious or ceremonial--to something that feels essentially private, even when it happens in public. It's a familiar idea, but what makes this book original is the way he complicates it with other historical currents."--Ivan Hewett, BBC Music Magazine "With Listening to Reason: Culture, Subjectivity, and NIneteenth-Century Music, Michael P. Steinberg offers a provocative, intermittently brilliant rooting of nineteenth-century music ... in contemporaneous cultural and intellectual history. Few major German composers of the era go unexamined, and few readers are likely to walk away from the book with their understanding of this repertoire, and the culture from and for which it speaks, unrevised."--Peter Mercer-Taylor, Notes "Listening to Reason is a work of high integrity; it has a great deal to teach. Indeed, it's a book of importance."--Richard Leppert, Beethoven Forum "Michael P. Steinberg has not only made a simultaneous contribution to the fields of cultural history and musicology, he has authoritatively illustrated the importance of their interaction, or the close connection between the questions, theoretical approaches, and methodologies with which they are mutually engaged... Steinberg has made a truly major contribution to our understanding of how musical meaning, values, and creativity in the Austro German sphere were intertwined with the ambient ideological and political tensions."--Jane F. Fulcher, Journal of Modern History
EAN: 9780691126166
ISBN: 069112616X
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2006
Seitenanzahl: 246 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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