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Music, Culture and Social Reform in the Age of Wagner

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  • Date Published: March 2011
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  • isbn: 9781139036542

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  • Challenging received views of music in nineteenth-century German thought, culture and society, this 2010 book provides a radical reappraisal of its socio-political meanings and functions. Garratt argues that far from governing the nineteenth-century musical discourse and practice, the concept of artistic autonomy and the aesthetic categories bequeathed by Weimar classicism were persistently challenged by alternative models of music's social role. The book investigates these competing models and the social projects that gave rise to them. It interrogates nineteenth-century musical discourse, discussing a wide range of manifestos championing musical democratization or seeking to make music an engine for the transformation of society. In addition, it explores institutions and movements that attempted to realize these goals, and compositions - by Mendelssohn, Lortzing and Liszt as well as Wagner - in which the relation between aesthetic and social claims is programmatic.

    • Represents a new way of approaching 19th century aesthetics – will appeal to those with interests in literary history, aesthetics and politics as well as music
    • Presents a new view of the social functions of music in 19th-century Germany, showing how music functioned beyond the concert hall and opera house
    • Avoids complex musical terminology and analysis, making it accessible to non-musicians
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    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139036542
    • contains: 6 music examples
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Liberalism, autonomy and the social functions of art
    2. Radical and social aesthetics in the Vormärz
    3. Speaking for the Volk: music, politics and Vormärz festivals
    4. Revolutionary voices: blueprints for an aesthetic state
    5. Music and the politics of post-revolutionary culture
    6. The song of the workers: idylls and activism
    Bibliography.

  • Author

    James Garratt, University of Manchester
    James Garratt is Senior Lecturer in Music and University Organist at the University of Manchester.

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