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The Schenker Project : Culture, Race, and Music Theory in Fin-de-siecle Vienna - Nicholas Cook

The Schenker Project

Culture, Race, and Music Theory in Fin-de-siecle Vienna

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Published: 20th May 2010
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"Nicholas Cook has whipped up an intellectual feast for all those interested in Schenker, his theories, and the cultural melting pot of turn-of-the-century Vienna. Schenker's story - that of a Polish Jew who became, in his own estimation, the only living representative of German music - is too strange for fiction. Cook brings to it impressive erudition, fair-mindedness, and a flair for vivid narration."-WILLIAM ROTHSTEIN, Professor of Music Theory at Queens College and The Graduate Center of The City University of New York.

"The Schenker Project offers an even-handed and meticulously researched account of the life's work of the twentieth century's greatest theorist of tonal music, set squarely for the first time in the culture of fin-de-siŠcle Vienna. Persuasive in both its large-scale narrative sweep and in its wealth of provocative insights along the way, this book's impact on Schenkerian studies will be felt for years to come."- PATRICK McCRELES S, Professor of Music Theory, Yale University.

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. As well as presenting an unfamiliar perspective on the cultural and political ferment of fin-de-siecle 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.

"Cook...assembles yet another rich cultural study of this already well-researched time period but with the added benefit of illustrating the degree to which a field as seemingly abstract as music theory can be a site of political contestation...The Schenker Project offers a riveting account of how music comes to be 'imbued with worldly meaning' (318)--a process that was not without its dark side in the early decades of the twentieth century." --Austrian History Yearbook "Nicholas Cook has whipped up an intellectual feast for all those interested in Schenker, his theories, and the cultural melting pot of turn-of-the-century Vienna. Schenker's story-that of a Polish Jew who became, in his own estimation, the only living representative of German music-is too strange for fiction. Cook brings to it impressive erudition, fair-mindedness, and a flair for vivid narration."-William Rothstein, Professor of Music Theory at Queens College and The Graduate Center of The City University of New York. "The Schenker Project offers an even-handed and meticulously researched account of the life's work of the twentieth century's greatest theorist of tonal music, set squarely for the first time in the culture of the fin-de-siècle Vienna. This is intellectual history at its best. Persuasive in both its large-scale narrative sweep and in its wealth of provocative insights along the way, this book's impact on Schenkerian studies will be felt for years to come."- Patrick McCreless, Professor of Music Theory, Yale University "Nicholas Cook has whipped up an intellectual feast for all those interested in Schenker, his theories, and the cultural melting pot of turn-of-the-century Vienna. Schenker's story-that of a Polish Jew who became, in his own estimation, the only living representative of German music-is too strange for fiction. Cook brings to it impressive erudition, fair-mindedness, and a flair for vivid narration."-William Rothstein, Professor of Music Theory at Queens College and The Graduate Center of The City University of New York. "The Schenker Project offers an even-handed and meticulously researched account of the life's work of the twentieth century's greatest theorist of tonal music, set squarely for the first time in the culture of the fin-de-siècle Vienna. This is intellectual history at its best. Persuasive in both its large-scale narrative sweep and in its wealth of provocative insights along the way, this book's impact on Schenkerian studies will be felt for years to come."- Patrick McCreless, Professor of Music Theory, Yale University "Cook adds to our understanding of music theory and fin de siècle Viennese politics and culture." --Musica Judaica Online Reviews

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction: Schenker's contexts
Foundations of the Schenker project
Schenker and the philosophers
Formalists against formalism
Rehabilitating musical logic
The reluctant modernist
Curlicues and catastrophe
Ornamentation and critique in fin-de-siècle Vienna
Modernists against modernism
Alienated classics
The conservative tradition
Schenker's politics
The logic of nostalgia
The anachronistic city
The politics of assimilation
Schenker's project and Jewish tradition
The logic of alterity
Schenker and others
Beyond assimilation
Schenker's Rosenhaus
The posthumous Schenker
Conclusion: music theory as social practice
List of references
Appendix: 'The spirit of musical technique', Translated by William Pastille
Index
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ISBN: 9780199744299
ISBN-10: 0199744297
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 20th May 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.54