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Webern and the Transformation of Nature - Julian Johnson

Webern and the Transformation of Nature

Hardcover Published: 13th February 2000
ISBN: 9780521661492
Number Of Pages: 286

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This book is about the way in which a society constructs an idea of nature and the role that art, and specifically music, may have in the articulation of that idea. It explores such an idea in relation to Webern, whose music has been almost exclusively portrayed as abstract and autonomous. In opposition to the exclusively formalist concerns of post-Darmstadt Webern reception, this book argues that abstraction in music is understood fully only in relation to the material, historical reality from which it abstracts, and that musical modernism is more fully understood by exposing its underground roots in the aesthetics of romanticism.

'... Julian Johnson's engrossing new study ... encourages a re-examination of the inner qualities of the music itself.' David Allenby, Musical Times

Acknowledgements
The social construction of nature
A maternal landscape: the early works (1899-1905)
Paradise lost: the Dehmel Lieder to Op. 11 (1906-1914)
The transformation of memory: the vocal works Op. 12-Op. 19 (1914-1926)
Ideal landscapes: the serial works Op. 20-Op. 31 (1926-1943)
Webern, nature and modernism
Appendices
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521661492
ISBN-10: 0521661498
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 286
Published: 13th February 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.59