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The Danger of Music and Other Anti-Utopian Essays - Richard Taruskin

The Danger of Music and Other Anti-Utopian Essays

Paperback Published: 11th November 2010
ISBN: 9780520268050
Number Of Pages: 506

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"The Danger of Music "gathers some two decades of Richard Taruskin's writing on the arts and politics, ranging in approach from occasional pieces for major newspapers such as the "New York Times "to full-scale critical essays for leading intellectual journals. Hard-hitting, provocative, and incisive, these essays consider contemporary composition and performance, the role of critics and historians in the life of the arts, and the fraught terrain where ethics and aesthetics interact and at times conflict. Many of the works collected here have themselves excited wide debate, including the title essay, which considers the rights and obligations of artists in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In a series of lively postscripts written especially for this volume, Taruskin, America's "public" musicologist, addresses the debates he has stirred up by insisting that art is not a utopian escape and that artists inhabit the same world as the rest of society. Among the book's forty-two essays are two public addresses--one about the prospects for classical music at the end of the second millennium C. E., the other a revisiting of the performance issues previously discussed in the author's "Text and Act "(1995)--that appear in print for the first time.

"This is one of the most important books about music you'll read this year... No one has bridged the gap between music scholarship and mainstream media as virtuosically as Taruskin." -- Tom Service The Guardian "Very entertaining." -- Michael Kimmelman New York Review Of Books "A collection of essays by the fearsomely intelligent Berkeley-based musicologist [offering] a passionately engaging perspective." The Guardian "Intellectually generous compendium that merits serious and sustained engagement." -- Michael Quinn Classical Music Magazine "Erudite and passionate ... there is much within this intellectually generous compendium that merits serious and sustained engagement." -- Richard Taruskin Classical Music Magazine "A stimulating book that offers a wide range of topics and ideas." Music Educators Journal

Preface: Against Utopiap. ix
Et in Arcadia Ego; or, I Didn't Know I Was Such a Pessimist until I Wrote This Thing (a talk)p. 1
From the New York Times, mostly
Only Time Will Cover the Taintp. 21
"Nationalism": Colonialism in Disguise?p. 25
Why Do They All Hate Horowitz?p. 30
Optimism amid the Rubblep. 37
A Survivor from the Teutonic Train Wreckp. 43
Does Nature Call the Tune?p. 46
Two Stabs at the Universep. 51
Away with the Ives Myth: The "Universe" Is Here at Lastp. 51
Out of Hibernation: Ives's Mythical Beastp. 55
In Search of the "Good" Hindemith Legacyp. 60
Six Times Six: A Bach Suite Selectionp. 66
A Beethoven Season?p. 71
Dispelling the Contagious Wagnerian Mistp. 81
How Talented Composers Become Uselessp. 86
Making a Stand against Sterilityp. 94
A Sturdy Musical Bridge to the Twenty-first Centuryp. 98
Calling All Pundits: No More Predictions!p. 104
In The Rake's Progress, Love Conquers (Almost) Allp. 109
Markevitch as Icarusp. 118
Let's Rescue Poor Schumann from His Rescuersp. 124
Early Music: Truly Old-Fashioned at Last?p. 129
Bartók and Stravinsky: Odd Couple Reunited?p. 133
Wagner's Antichrist Crashes a Pagan Partyp. 138
A Surrealist Composer Comes to the Rescue of Modernismp. 144
Corraling a Herd of Musical Mavericksp. 153
Can We Give Poor Orff a Pass at Last?p. 161
The Danger of Music and the Case for Controlp. 168
Ezra Pound: A Slim Sound Claim to Musical Immortalityp. 181
Underneath the Dissonance Beat a Brahmsian Heartp. 186
Enter Boris Goudenow, Just 295 Years Latep. 191
For the New Republic, mostly
The First Modernistp. 195
The Dark Side of the Moonp. 202
Of Kings and Divasp. 217
The Golden Age of Kitschp. 241
No Ear for Music: The Scary Purity of John Cagep. 261
Sacred Entertainmentsp. 280
The Poietic Fallacyp. 301
The Musical Mystique: Defending Classical Music against Its Devoteesp. 330
From the scholarly press
Revising Revisionp. 354
Back to Whom? Neoclassicism as Ideologyp. 382
She Do the Ring in Different Voicesp. 406
Stravinsky and Usp. 420
Setting Limits (a talk)p. 447
Indexp. 467
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ISBN: 9780520268050
ISBN-10: 0520268059
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 506
Published: 11th November 2010
Publisher: University of California Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 17.2  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.7