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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, Schumann, and the Lessons of Beethoven's Ninth

Christopher Alan Reynolds

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780520285569
eISBN:
9780520960978
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520285569.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

During 1845–1846 Schumann and Wagner developed more contrapuntal approaches to composition. The extent to which their compositional styles changed in a common direction—toward a style that was both ... More


Androgynous Utopias

Stephen Rumph

in Beethoven after Napoleon: Political Romanticism in the Late Works

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520238558
eISBN:
9780520930124
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520238558.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Any political study of Beethoven's late works must confront the Ninth Symphony finale. This chapter focuses on the musical analysis of “Ode to Joy,” which is about words as well as music and ... More


Vox Populi, Vox Dei

Stephen Rumph

in Beethoven after Napoleon: Political Romanticism in the Late Works

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520238558
eISBN:
9780520930124
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520238558.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter provides an account of the works of scholars who suggest that speech and song together press to fulfill Beethoven's drive toward immediacy of communication. This evokes a tantalizingly ... More


Beethoven as Secular Humanist: Ideology and the Ninth Symphony in Nineteenth-Century Criticism

Ruth A. Solie

in Music in Other Words: Victorian Conversations

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520238459
eISBN:
9780520930063
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520238459.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter exhibits the link between music and religious, philosophical, and political ideologies during the nineteenth century in Europe. Nineteenth-century compositions gradually became larger, ... 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 Ninth at the Wall

Alexander Rehding

in Music and Monumentality: Commemoration and Wonderment in Nineteenth Century Germany

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195385380
eISBN:
9780199852499
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385380.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, Western

As the Cold War ended in November 1989 with the fall of the Berlin Wall, this event was celebrated with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony as this best portrayed what German society was then experiencing — ... 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


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


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


Abridging Mahler’s Symphonies: A Historical Perspective

Matthew Mugmon

in Rethinking Mahler

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
August 2017
ISBN:
9780199316090
eISBN:
9780190665975
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199316090.003.0016
Subject:
Music, History, Western

A hundred years after Gustav Mahler’s death, it is widely considered blasphemous to cut any notes from the composer’s symphonies. In recordings and live performances, the symphonies generally remain ... More


Ninth Symphony

David Manning

in Vaughan Williams on Music

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195182392
eISBN:
9780199851485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.003.0094
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The Ninth Symphony was begun early in 1956, and was finished, so far as a composition is ever finished, in November 1957. It was written chiefly in London, but partly in Majorca and partly at ... More


Beethoven's Diabelli Variations

William Kinderman

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195342369
eISBN:
9780199851744
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342369.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The Thirty-three Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, represent Beethoven's most extraordinary achievement in the art of variation-writing. In their originality and power of invention, they ... More


Postlude Postlude Between Utopia and MelancholyBeethoven and the Aesthetic State

Karol Berger

in Bach's Cycle, Mozart's Arrow: An Essay on the Origins of Musical Modernity

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520250918
eISBN:
9780520933699
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520250918.003.0011
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter shows the extent to which the self-confidence that culminated in The Magic Flute was undermined as the Revolution failed to achieve its democratic goals, arguing that the traditional ... More


Shostakovich: Hits and Misses

Marina Frolova-Walker

in Stalin's Music Prize: Soviet Culture and Politics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780300208849
eISBN:
9780300215991
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300208849.003.0005
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter discusses the Stalin Prize history of Dmitry Shostakovich, who won in 1950 and 1952. It begins with an analysis of the debate in the Stalin Prize Committee over Shostakovich's Eighth ... 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


Unified: Beethoven, the Beatles, and the Imperfect Ideology of the Masterpiece

John J. Sheinbaum

in Good Music: What It Is and Who Gets to Decide

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226593241
eISBN:
9780226593418
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226593418.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Philosophy of Music

This chapter examines the conventional notion of the musical masterpiece as a perfect synthesis of its various parts, a unified organic whole growing out of its musical DNA. Masterpieces seem to ... 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


The Earliness of Mahler’s Late Romanticism: The Poetics of the ‘Deceptive Perfect Cadence’ in the Ninth Symphony and

Mark Summerfield

in Rethinking Mahler

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
August 2017
ISBN:
9780199316090
eISBN:
9780190665975
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199316090.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The music of late Mahler recurrently features an elision of the traditional deceptive and perfect cadence progressions into a V–VI–I progression: a ‘deceptive perfect cadence.’ The way this ... More


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