Bruckner's Symphonies: Analysis, Reception and Cultural Politics

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 25, 2004 - Music
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Few works in the nineteenth-century repertoire have aroused such extremes of hostility and admiration, or have generated so many scholarly problems, as Anton Bruckner's symphonies. In this 2004 book, Julian Horton seeks fresh ways of understanding the symphonies and the problems they have accrued by treating them as the focus for a variety of inter-disciplinary debates and methodological controversies. He isolates problematic areas in the works' analysis and reception, and approaches them from a range of analytical, historical, philosophical, literary, critical and psychoanalytical viewpoints. The symphonies are thus explored in the context of a number of crucial and sometimes provocative themes, including the political circumstances of the works' production, Bruckner and post-war musical analysis, issues of musical influence, the problem of editions, Bruckner and psychobiography, and the composer's controversial relationship to the Nazis.

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3 Rightwing cultural politics and the Nazi appropriation of Bruckner
4 Bruckner and musical analysis
5 Bruckner and the construction of musical influence
6 Analysis and the problem of the editions
7 Psychobiography and analysis
Bruckner and his contexts

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Julian Horton is Lecturer in Music at University College Dublin. He contributed an essay to The Cambridge Companion to Bruckner (2003) and has also published articles and reviews on Brucknerian topics in Music and Letters and Music Analysis.

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