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Beethoven Antihero: Sex, Violence, and the Aesthetics of Failure, or Listening to the Ninth Symphony as Postmodern Sublime

Andrew Dell'Antonio

in Beyond Structural Listening?: Postmodern Modes of Hearing

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520237575
eISBN:
9780520937024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520237575.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter looks at Susan McClary's comparison of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony to a failed rape. The chapter recontextualizes McClary by linking her to a hermeneutic tradition of sublimating ... More


Wagner, Thematic Dispersion, and Contrary Motion

Christopher Alan Reynolds

in Wagner, Schumann, and the Lessons of Beethoven's Ninth

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780520285569
eISBN:
9780520960978
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520285569.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, Western

With the conclusion in chapter 2 that Wagner’s systematic use of contrary motion must postdate The Flying Dutchman, chapter 3 examines other works of Wagner to determine when it appeared. In ... More


Brahms’s Triple Response to the Ninth

Christopher Alan Reynolds

in Wagner, Schumann, and the Lessons of Beethoven's Ninth

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780520285569
eISBN:
9780520960978
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520285569.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Chapter 6 examines the application of contrary motion and thematic dispersion in the music of Johannes Brahms. His Symphony no. 1 demonstrates his awareness both of Beethoven’s techniques and of ... More


The Impact of Beethoven’s Ninth on The Flying Dutchman

Christopher Alan Reynolds

in Wagner, Schumann, and the Lessons of Beethoven's Ninth

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780520285569
eISBN:
9780520960978
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520285569.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, Western

For the scenes identified in chapter 1, chapter 2 compares the music of The Flying Dutchman to the music of the Ninth Symphony. Several musical similarities support the textual parallels between the ... More


Introduction

Christopher Alan Reynolds

in Wagner, Schumann, and the Lessons of Beethoven's Ninth

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780520285569
eISBN:
9780520960978
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520285569.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This introduction establishes the importance of two musical concepts to Wagner and Schumann—contrary motion and thematic dispersion—both of which were influenced by the composers’ understanding of ... More


Schumann, Thematic Dispersion, and Contrary Motion

Christopher Alan Reynolds

in Wagner, Schumann, and the Lessons of Beethoven's Ninth

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780520285569
eISBN:
9780520960978
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520285569.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Chapter 4 focuses on Schumann, his Symphony no. 2, and the finale of the Ouverture, Scherzo and Finale, op. 52. He drafted his C-major Symphony quickly in the last two weeks of 1845, having met with ... More


Wagner’s Faustian Understanding of Beethoven’s Ninth

Christopher Alan Reynolds

in Wagner, Schumann, and the Lessons of Beethoven's Ninth

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780520285569
eISBN:
9780520960978
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520285569.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Chapter 1 compares the poem of The Flying Dutchman to the text of Wagner’s 1846 program for Beethoven’s Ninth and also to the passages from Goethe’s Faust that Wagner chose to explicate the Ninth. ... More


Wagner and Schumann

Christopher Alan Reynolds

in Wagner, Schumann, and the Lessons of Beethoven's Ninth

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780520285569
eISBN:
9780520960978
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520285569.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Chapter 7 questions who influenced whom. Schumann initially seems to have been the better prepared to understand Beethoven’s counterpoint, Wagner the thematic dispersion, but there is a case to be ... More


Hawthorne and The Celestial Railroad

Kyle Gann

in Charles Ives's Concord: Essays after a Sonata

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780252040856
eISBN:
9780252099366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040856.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American

Ives based his “Hawthorne” movement on various stiroes of Hawthorne’s, and one novel – The House of the Seven Gables – that he names, though with only a few hints of what musical passages link to ... More


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