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Adorno on Music by Robert W. Witkin

By Robert W. Witkin

Publish yr note: First released February nineteenth 1998

More than 1/2 the printed works of Theodor Adorno have been dedicated to his stories in track. As his acceptance has grown in recent times, although, Adorno’s paintings on track has remained a ignored zone due to its musicological complexity.

This is the 1st distinct account of Adorno’s texts on track from a sociological point of view. In transparent, non-technical language, Robert Witkin courses the reader throughout the complexities of Adorno’s argument concerning the hyperlinks among track and morality and among musical works and social constitution. Separate chapters tackle his therapy of Beethoven, Wagner, Mahler and Berg, Schoenberg, Stravinsky and at last jazz. all through, Witkin develops a sociology of the artwork during which Adorno’s writings on track could be understood. It used to be via those works greater than any others that Adorno demonstrated the fitting of the humanities to be said as an ethical and important strength within the improvement of a contemporary society. through improving them for non-musicologists, Witkin provides immeasurably to our appreciation of this monstrous of twentieth-century notion.

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