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Music and Culture in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

Sharma, Bhesham R.

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ISBN 10: 0820445169 / ISBN 13: 9780820445168
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Series: New Studies in Aesthetics. Num Pages: 215 pages. BIC Classification: AVA; AVG; HPN; JHBT. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 230 x 160. Weight in Grams: 440. . 2000. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780820445168

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Title: Music and Culture in the Age of Mechanical ...

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc

Binding: Hardcover

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One of T. W. Adorno’s greatest philosophical achievements, The Philosophy of Modern Music, continues to be one of his most misunderstood. Many scholars take Adorno’s book literally although he never meant it to be perceived solely in that way. This study focuses on the literal, symbolic, and metaphorical dimensions of The Philosophy of Modern Music. It explains Adorno’s cryptical style of writing and reveals how he uses the works of Schoenberg and Stravinsky to discuss kitsch and avant-garde art during the rise of fascism in Germany. It also highlights Adorno’s subtle critique of the aesthetic ideas of Benjamin, Hegel, Freud, Jung, and others. Adorno intended The Philosophy of Modern Music to be a Flaschenpost, a message in a bottle, able to maintain its analytical rigor through time. This study shows that when one applies his insights from The Philosophy of Modern Music to present-day cultural practices, they seem more relevant than ever.

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The Author: Bhesham R. Sharma received his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh and has taught music at universities and colleges in North America, Europe, and Asia. He has published articles in professional music and anthropological journals. Dr. Sharma is also a composer and a performer. As a guitarist, he has played prestigious classical and jazz engagements on four continents and his compositions have been performed extensively.

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