Webern and the Transformation of Nature (Hardback)
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Webern and the Transformation of Nature (Hardback)

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Hardback 286 Pages / Published: 27/01/2000
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This book is about the way in which a society constructs an idea of nature and the role that art, and specifically music, may have in the articulation of that idea. It explores such an idea in relation to Webern, whose music has been almost exclusively portrayed as abstract and autonomous. In opposition to the exclusively formalist concerns of post-Darmstadt Webern reception, this book argues that abstraction in music is understood fully only in relation to the material, historical reality from which it abstracts, and that musical modernism is more fully understood by exposing its underground roots in the aesthetics of romanticism.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521661492
Number of pages: 286
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... Julian Johnson's engrossing new study ... encourages a re-examination of the inner qualities of the music itself.' David Allenby, Musical Times
"...the groundwork is nicely prepared for interpretive studies. Johnson (univ. of Sussex, UK) focuses on how Webern's music reflects ideas about nature - an excellent angle...This thesis may come as a surprise to those who find Webern's music almost exclusively abstract and autonomous... Johnson's writing is well organized, succinct, and graceful. Highly recommended for upper-division undergraduates through professionals." Choice

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