Beethoven: The Philosophy of Music

Beethoven: The Philosophy of Music

Theodor W. Adorno


Beethoven is a vintage research of the composer’s song, written by means of the most vital thinkers of our time. all through his existence, Adorno wrote vast notes, essay fragments and aides–mémoires near to Beethoven’s tune. This booklet brings jointly all of Beethoven’s tune in terms of the society during which he lived.

Adorno identifies 3 classes in Beethoven’s paintings, arguing that the thematic cohesion of the 1st and moment classes starts off to collapse within the 3rd. Adorno follows this revolutionary disintegration of natural solidarity within the classical track of Beethoven and his contemporaries, linking it with the rationality and monopolistic nature of recent society.

Beethoven might be welcomed by means of scholars and researchers in quite a lot of disciplines—philosophy, sociology, tune and history—and by means of an individual attracted to the lifetime of the composer.

“Great artworks, Adorno knew, continuously face up to the try to subsume them less than theoretical different types. in relation to a best artist like Beethoven, a life of futile efforts by means of Adorno to accomplish a tremendous philosophical examine bore ironic witness to this perception. The fight to put in writing his very unlikely publication left in the back of, in spite of the fact that, a wealth of tantalizing fragments, that have the additional worth of showing Adorno’s personal technique of highbrow creation. Masterfully reconstructed and annotated by way of Rolf Tiedemann, they're now on hand in Edmund Jephcott’s dependent translation. of their very ‘failure’ they exhibit the abiding strength of Adorno’s declare that the dialectic of paintings and philosophy needs to stay unreconciled and negative.” —Martin Jay, college of California, Berkeley

“These fragments shed beneficial mild not just on Adorno’s considering on Beethoven, but additionally both importantly at the assets of Adorno’s philosophy of song. Rolf Tiedemann’s delicate enhancing has produced a remarkably coherent quantity out of the main disparate fabric, whereas Edmund Jephcott’s translation rises magnificently to a tough task.” —Max Paddison, college of Durham

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