Lateness and Brahms: Music and Culture in the Twilight of Viennese Liberalism

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Oxford University Press, Nov 30, 2006 - Music - 254 pages
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Lateness and Brahms takes up the fascinating, yet understudied problem of how Brahms fits into the culture of turn-of-the-century Vienna. Brahms's conspicuous and puzzling absence in previous scholarly accounts of the time and place raises important questions, and as Margaret Notley demonstrates, the tendency to view him in neutralized, ahistorical terms has made his music seem far less interesting than it truly is. In pursuit of an historical Brahms, Notley focuses on the later chamber music, drawing on various documents and perspectives, but with particular emphasis on the relevance of Western Marxist critical traditions.
 

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Contents

Lateness and Brahms
3
CHAPTER 1 Brahms as Liberal Bruckner as Other
15
CHAPTER 2 Brahms and the Problem of Late Style
36
Questions of Lateness and Individualism
72
Historical Decline Personal Renewal
107
CHAPTER 5 Volksconcerte and Concepts of Genre in Brahmss Vienna
144
Genre Aesthetics and Cultural Critique
169
The Twilight of Liberalism
204
Brahmss Multimovement Works Dates of Completion and Tempo Designations for the Slow Movements
221
Bibliography
223
Index
239
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Margaret Notley, an Associate Professor of Music History at the University of North Texas, has published widely on a number of topics. Her article "Late-Nineteenth-Century Chamber Music and the Cult of the Classical Adagio" won the 2000 Alfred Einstein Award given by the American Musicological Society.

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