Music, Criticism, and the Challenge of History: Shaping Modern Musical Thought in Late Nineteenth-Century Vienna (AMS Studies in Music)

Music, Criticism, and the Challenge of History: Shaping Modern Musical Thought in Late Nineteenth-Century Vienna (AMS Studies in Music)

Kevin Karnes


greater than a century after Guido Adler's appointment to the 1st chair in musicology on the collage of Vienna, song, feedback, and the problem of background provides a primary examine the self-discipline during this earliest interval, and on the ideological dilemmas and methodological anxieties that characterised it upon its institutionalization. writer Kevin Karnes contends that essentially the most very important questions surrounding musicology's disciplinary identities today-the courting among musicology and feedback, the position of the topic in research and the narration of heritage, and the tasks of the student to the listening public-originate in those conflicted and mostly forgotten beginnings.

Karnes lays naked the character of tune examine within the past due 19th century via insightful readings of long-overlooked contributions by means of 3 of musicology's most appropriate pioneers-Adler, Eduard Hanslick, and Heinrich Schenker. formed as a lot by means of the skeptical pronouncements of the likes of Nietzsche and Wagner because it used to be by means of progressivist ideologies of medical positivism, the recent self-discipline comprised an array of oft-contested and extremely own visions of song examine, its worth, and its destiny. Karnes introduces readers to a Hanslick who rejected the decision of positivist scholarship and devoted himself to penning an avowedly subjective historical past of Viennese musical lifestyles. He argues that Schenker's analytical experiments had roots in a Wagner-inspired look for a severe substitute to Adler's style-obsessed scholarship. And he illuminates Adler's decided reaction to Nietzsche's warnings concerning the energy of creative and cultural lifestyles in an more and more medical age. via subtle and meticulous presentation, Music, feedback, and the problem of History demonstrates that the hot self-discipline of musicology used to be inextricably tied in with the cultural discourse of its time.

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