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Music and the Historical Imagination

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$48.00 • £38.95 • €43.00

ISBN 9780674591295

Publication Date: 10/01/1990


348 pages

9 halftones, 60 musical examples


  • Introduction
  • 1. History, Criticism, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
  • 2. “To Worship That Celestial Sound”: Motives for Analysis
  • 3. Music Analysis in a Historical Context
  • 4. On Historical Criticism
  • 5. The Present as History
  • 6. What Kind of Story Is History?
  • 7. Mozart and the Idea of Absolute Music
  • 8. Dufay the Progressive
  • 9. Wozzeck and the Apocalypse
  • 10. The Lulu Character and the Character of Lulu
  • Notes
  • Credits
  • Index

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