Music as Thought: Listening to the Symphony in the Age of Beethoven

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Princeton University Press, 10 jan. 2009 - 208 sidor

Before the nineteenth century, instrumental music was considered inferior to vocal music. Kant described wordless music as "more pleasure than culture," and Rousseau dismissed it for its inability to convey concepts. But by the early 1800s, a dramatic shift was under way. Purely instrumental music was now being hailed as a means to knowledge and embraced precisely because of its independence from the limits of language. What had once been perceived as entertainment was heard increasingly as a vehicle of thought. Listening had become a way of knowing.



Music as Thought traces the roots of this fundamental shift in attitudes toward listening in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Focusing on responses to the symphony in the age of Beethoven, Mark Evan Bonds draws on contemporary accounts and a range of sources--philosophical, literary, political, and musical--to reveal how this music was experienced by those who heard it first.



Music as Thought is a fascinating reinterpretation of the causes and effects of a revolution in listening.

 

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An Unlikely Genre The Rise of the Symphony
1
Listening with Imagination The Revolution in Aesthetics
5
Listening as Thinking From Rhetoric to Philosophy
29
Listening to Truth Beethovens Fifth Symphony
44
Listening to the Aesthetic State Cosmopolitanism
63
Listening to the German State Nationalism
79
Listening to Form The Refuge of Absolute Music
104
Notes
117
Bibliography
153
Index
167
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Mark Evan Bonds is Professor of Musicology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His previous books include Wordless Rhetoric: Musical Form and the Metaphor of the Oration and After Beethoven: Imperatives of Originality in the Symphony. He is a former editor in chief of Beethoven Forum.

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