Music and the Historical Imagination

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Harvard University Press, 1989 - History - 336 pages
Leo Treitler is a central figure in American musicology, both for his writings on medieval and Renaissance music and for his influential work on historical analysis. In this elegant book he develops a powerful statement of what music analysis and criticism in relation to historical understanding can be. His aim is an understanding of the music of the past not only in its own historical context but also as we apprehend it now, and as we assimilate it to our current interests and concerns. He elucidates his views through unique new interpretations of major works from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries.
 

Contents

Introduction I
1
History Criticism and Beethovens Ninth Symphony
19
Motives for Analysis
46
Music Analysis in a Historical Context
67
The Present as History
95
What Kind of Story Is History?
157
Mozart and the Idea of Absolute Music
176
Dufay the Progressive
215
Wozzeck and the Apocalypse
242
IO The Lulu Character and the Character of Lulu
264
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Leo Treitler is Distinguished Professor of Music at The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

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