Virtuosity of the Nineteenth Century: Performing Music and Language in Heine, Liszt, and Baudelaire

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Stanford University Press, 1998 - Music - 239 pages
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Franz Liszt is the organizing figure in this detailed study of music in Heine and Baudelaire. The acclaimed virtuoso functions both as a metaphor for a musical mode of enunciation and as a historical referent. This dual status dramatizes the struggle at the heart of nineteenth-century aesthetics between poetic self-reference and realism's efforts to report the world accurately. The book's analyses of nineteenth-century theories of correspondence, along with the thematization of the "other arts, " point to the limitations of analogy, the impossibility of a general theory of art, and a crisis of identity - that is, a shared non-identity - that can be the only common property among different discourses, genres, and media.
 

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Contents

Virtuosity and Journalism
10
The Musical Alibi in Theories of Performativity
36
Instruments of Vim1osity
58
Virtuosity Rhapsody and Romantic Philology
82
Liszts Bad Style
109
Rivalry Among the Arts and Professional Limitations
152
Music Painting and Writing in Baudelaires
175
Notes
197
Bibliography
219
Index
235
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Susan Bernstein is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Brown University.

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