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The Schenker Project: Culture, Race, and Music Theory in Fin-de-siècle Vienna: Culture, Race, and Music Theory in Fin-de-siecle Vienna [Kindle Edition]

Nicholas Cook

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Today we think of Heinrich Schenker, who lived in Vienna from 1884 until his death in 1935, as the most influential music theorist of the twentieth century. But he saw his theoretical writings as part of a comprehensive project for the reform of musical composition, performance, criticism, and education-and beyond that, as addressing fundamental cultural, social, and political problems of the deeply troubled age in which he lived. This book aims to explain Schenker's project through reading his key works within a series of period contexts. These include music criticism, the field in which Schenker first made his name; Viennese modernism, particularly the debate over architectural ornamentation; German cultural conservatism, which is the source of many of Schenker's most deeply entrenched values; and Schenker's own position as a Galician Jew who came to Vienna just as fully racialized anti-semitism was developing there. As well as presenting an unfamiliar perspective on the cultural and political ferment of fin-de-siècle Vienna, this book reveals how deeply Schenker's theory is permeated by the social and political. It also raises issues concerning the meaning and value of music theory, and the extent to which today's music-theoretical agenda unwittingly reflects the values and concerns of a very different world.

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Cook's book is a fascinating cultural tour de force, urging musicologists, students and performers to reconsider their own understanding of Schenker and Schenkerian analysis (Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland)

...one of the most interesting books, I have read for years (Michael Fjeldsøe, Danish Yearbook of Musicology)

About the Author

Nicholas Cook is Professor of Music at Cambridge University. He is the author of articles and books on a wide variety of musicological and theoretical subjects (his Music: A Very Short Introduction has been translated into ten languages). He was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 2001.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4983 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (28 Sept. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001CPR488
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,031,961 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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