Adorno on Music

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Psychology Press, 1998 - Music - 213 pages
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More than half of the published works of Theodor Adorno were devoted to his studies in music. As his reputation has grown in recent years, however, Adorno's work on music has remained a neglected area because of its musicological complexity. This account of Adorno's texts on music takes a sociological perspective. In non-technical language, Robert Witkin guides the reader through the complexities of Adorno's argument about the link between music and morality and between musical works and social structure. It was through these works more than any others that Adorno established the right of the arts to be acknowledged as a moral and critical force in the development of a modern society. By recovering them for non-musicologists, Witkin adds immeasurably to our appreciation of this giant 20th-century thought.
 

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Contents

Mutica moralia
1
Sociery in sonataform
28
Beethoven late and soon
50
Wagner
70
Breaking the code
94
Mahler and Berg
108
Schoenberg
129
Sttavinsky
144
The culture industty and all that jazz
160
Taking a ctitical line for a walk
181
References
201
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Robert Witkin is Professor of Sociology at the University of Exeter

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