Music, Criticism, and the Challenge of History

Music, Criticism, and the Challenge of History : Shaping Modern Musical Thought in Late Nineteenth-Century Vienna

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More than a century after Guido Adler's appointment to the first chair in musicology at the University of Vienna, Music, Criticism, and the Challenge of History provides a first look at the discipline in this earliest period, and at the ideological dilemmas and methodological anxieties that characterized it upon its institutionalization. Author Kevin Karnes contends that some of the most vital questions surrounding musicology's disciplinary identities today-the relationship between musicology and criticism, the role of the subject in analysis and the narration of history, and the responsibilities of the scholar to the listening public-originate in these conflicted and largely forgotten beginnings. Karnes lays bare the nature of music study in the late nineteenth century through insightful readings of long-overlooked contributions by three of musicology's foremost pioneers-Adler, Eduard Hanslick, and Heinrich Schenker. Shaped as much by the skeptical pronouncements of the likes of Nietzsche and Wagner as it was by progressivist ideologies of scientific positivism, the new discipline comprised an array of oft-contested and intensely personal visions of music study, its value, and its future. Karnes introduces readers to a Hanslick who rejected the call of positivist scholarship and dedicated himself to penning an avowedly subjective history of Viennese musical life. He argues that Schenker's analytical experiments had roots in a Wagner-inspired search for a critical alternative to Adler's style-obsessed scholarship. And he illuminates Adler's determined response to Nietzsche's warnings about the vitality of artistic and cultural life in an increasingly scientific age. Through sophisticated and meticulous presentation, Music, Criticism, and the Challenge of History demonstrates that the new discipline of musicology was inextricably tied in with the cultural discourse of its time.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 22.86mm | 476.27g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 6 halftones, 3 line illustrations
  • 0195368665
  • 9780195368666
  • 1,443,470

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an impressive achievement, offering a provocative and useful reappraisal of a key phase in the history of musicology * Music and Letters * A number of figures, tables and previously unpublished photographs and drawings add to the appeal and usefulness of the book. It is to be further valued for the elegant and idiomatic translations it contains. * Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland *show more

About Kevin C. Karnes

Kevin C. Karnes is Assistant Professor of Music History at Emory University. He is co-editor of the revised and expanded edition of Brahms and His World (2009) and author of articles on a variety of nineteenth-century topics published in 19th-Century Music, the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, and other periodicals.show more

Table of contents

PART I: EDUARD HANSLICK AND THE CHALLENGE OF MUSIKWISSENSCHAFT; PART II: HEINRICH SCHENKER AND THE CHALLENGE OF CRITICISM; PART III: GUIDO ADLER AND THE PROBLEM OF SCIENCEshow more

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