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Author Garratt, James, 1974-
Title Music, culture and social reform in the age of Wagner / James Garratt.
Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Subject Music -- Political aspects -- Germany -- History -- 19th century.
Music -- Social aspects -- Germany -- History -- 19th century.
Description 1 online resource (xi, 292 pages) : music
Contents Liberalism, autonomy and the social functions of art. Liberal individualism, perfectionism and aesthetic autonomy ; Music and Schillerian autonomy ; Choral music and socialization in the early nineteenth century: Nägeli and Zelter -- Radical and social aesthetics in the Vormärz. The trouble with Tannhäuser: artistic discourse as oppositional politics ; Left Hegelians and the politicization of literature and music ; Socialism in Vormärz literary and musical discourse -- Speaking for the Volk: music, politics and Vormärz festivals. Commemorative festivals and the cult of genius ; Lortzing, Mendelssohn and the Leipzig Gutenberg Festival ; An equal music? Singing festivals as mass and counter-culture ; To the artists (i): Mendelssohn and the German-Flemish singing festival -- Revolutionary voices: blueprints for an aesthetic state. Musical reform and the state ; Wagner, Lortzing and the music of revolution -- Music and the politics of post-revolutionary culture. Between anarchism and socialism: Wagner's Zurich essays ; The politics of progressivism: Liszt and the New German School ; To the artists (ii): Liszt and the Karlsruhe music festival ; Citizen Sachs? A Wagnerian coda -- The song of the workers: idylls and activism. Socialization and self-help: workers' education societies ; Lassalle, Bülow and the end of bourgeois music ; Schiller's heirs: art, Bildung and proletarian identity.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-283) and index.
Summary Challenging received views of music in nineteenth-century German thought, culture and society, this 2010 book provides a radical reappraisal of its socio-political meanings and functions. Garratt argues that far from governing the nineteenth-century musical discourse and practice, the concept of artistic autonomy and the aesthetic categories bequeathed by Weimar classicism were persistently challenged by alternative models of music's social role. The book investigates these competing models and the social projects that gave rise to them. It interrogates nineteenth-century musical discourse, discussing a wide range of manifestos championing musical democratization or seeking to make music an engine for the transformation of society. In addition, it explores institutions and movements that attempted to realize these goals, and compositions - by Mendelssohn, Lortzing and Liszt as well as Wagner - in which the relation between aesthetic and social claims is programmatic.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781139042000 (electronic bk.)
1139042009 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 710992294
Additional Format Print version: Garratt, James, 1974- Music, culture and social reform in the age of Wagner. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010 9780521110549 (DLC) 2009043233 (OCoLC)456170289