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Freedom and the Arts

Essays on Music and Literature

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$35.00 • £28.95 • €31.50

ISBN 9780674047525

Publication Date: 05/21/2012


448 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

51 music examples


  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Part I: The Weight of Society
    • 1. Freedom and Art
    • 2. Culture on the Market
    • 3. The Future of Music
    • 4. The Canon
  • Part II: Mostly Mozart
    • 5. Dramatic and Tonal Logic in Mozart’s Operas
    • 6. Mozart’s Entry into the Twentieth Century
    • 7. The Triumph of Mozart
    • 8. Drama and Figured Bass in Mozart’s Concertos
    • 9. Mozart and Posterity
    • 10. Structural Dissonance and the Classical Sonata
    • 11. Tradition without Convention
  • Part III: Centenaries
    • 12. Felix Mendelssohn at 200: Prodigy without Peer
    • 13. Happy Birthday, Elliott Carter!
    • 14. Frédéric Chopin, Reactionary and Revolutionary
    • 15. Robert Schumann, a Vision of the Future
  • Part IV: Long Perspectives
    • 16. The New Grove’s Dictionary Returns
    • 17. Western Music: The View from California
    • Postscript: Modernism and the Cold War
    • 18. Theodore Adorno: Criticism as Cultural Nostalgia
    • 19. Resuscitating Opera: Alessandro Scarlatti
    • 20. Operatic Paradoxes: The Ridiculous and Sublime
    • 21. Lost Chords and the Golden Age of Pianism
  • Part V: Classical Modernism: Past and Present
    • 22. Montaigne: Philosophy as Process
    • 23. La Fontaine: The Ethical Power of Style
    • 24. The Anatomy Lesson: Melancholy and the Invention of Boredom
    • 25. Mallarmé and the Transfiguration of Poetry
    • 26. Hofmannsthal and Radical Modernism
    • 27. The Private Obsessions of Wystan Auden
  • Part VI: Final Cadence, Unresolved
    • 28. Old Wisdom and Newfangled Theory: Two One-Way Streets to Disaster
  • Credits
  • Index of Names and Works

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