Adorno on Music by Robert W. Witkin

By Robert W. Witkin

Publish yr note: First released February nineteenth 1998

More than 1/2 the printed works of Theodor Adorno have been dedicated to his reports in track. As his acceptance has grown in recent times, although, Adorno’s paintings on tune has remained a ignored sector as a result of its musicological complexity.

This is the 1st distinctive account of Adorno’s texts on song from a sociological standpoint. In transparent, non-technical language, Robert Witkin courses the reader throughout the complexities of Adorno’s argument in regards to the hyperlinks among song and morality and among musical works and social constitution. Separate chapters deal with his remedy of Beethoven, Wagner, Mahler and Berg, Schoenberg, Stravinsky and eventually jazz. all through, Witkin develops a sociology of the artwork during which Adorno’s writings on track should be understood. It was once via those works greater than any others that Adorno proven the best of the humanities to be stated as an ethical and significant strength within the improvement of a latest society. by way of convalescing them for non-musicologists, Witkin provides immeasurably to our appreciation of this enormous of twentieth-century notion.

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It was her sense that there needed to be more advocacy for young musicians that the trust started. It has all of her fingerprints on it, in the absolute best sense. How are you chosen? People are asked to nominate young musicians, and when you’re nominated you’re approached and you’re asked to put together a tape and a letter saying what the trust could do for you. Which is very smart. The trust doesn’t give a cash prize. They ask you what you would do with the money, which is so smart. In your case, what did you say?

They work with you to see how they can help. Would that we could find such people more often! I don’t think that generosity and wealth necessarily go together. This was just the perfect situation where things came together. Someone like Mitsuko, who identified the problem and someone who had the means to do something about it. You never know where it might pop up. There are a few people. Not many of them. I’ve been very lucky to have gotten awards. I’ve received a Gilmore and an Avery Fisher Career Grant, which are both wonderful, but I think that there is something about how the trust works that is so unique.

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