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Author Adorno, Theodor W., 1903-1969.

Title Sound figures / Theodor W. Adorno ; translated by Rodney Livingstone.

Published Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1999.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  780 ADOR    DUE 31-01-22
Uniform title Klangfiguren. English
Physical description ix, 229 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Meridian.
Meridian (Stanford, Calif.)
Notes Translation of: Klangfiguren.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Some Ideas on the Sociology of Music -- Bourgeois Opera -- New Music, Interpretation, Audience -- The Mastery of the Maestro -- The Prehistory of Serial Music -- Alban Berg -- The Orchestration of Berg's Early Songs -- Anton von Webern -- Classicism, Romanticism, New Music -- The Function of Counterpoint in New Music -- Criteria of New Music -- Music and Technique.
Summary Theodor Adorno is one of this century's most influential thinkers in the areas of social theory, philosophy, aesthetics, and music. Throughout the essays in this book, all of which concern musical matters, he displays an astonishing range of cultural reference, demonstrating that music is invariably social, political, even ethical. This volume includes essays on prominent figures in music (Alban Berg, Anton von Webern, Arturo Toscanini), compositional technique (the prehistory of the twelve-tone row, the function of counterpoint in new music), and the larger questions of musical sociology for which Adorno is most famous, including the relation of interpretation to audience, the ideological function of opera, and the historical meaning of musical technique.
Subject Music -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
ISBN 0804735573 (alk. paper)
0804735581 (paperback: alk. paper)