Musical Elaborations

Musical Elaborations Filling a significant gap in contemporary cultural studies Musical Elaborations examines the intersection of the public and private meaning of music Incorporating the music criticism of Adorno music

  • Title: Musical Elaborations
  • Author: Edward W. Said
  • ISBN: 9780231073196
  • Page: 403
  • Format: Paperback
  • Filling a significant gap in contemporary cultural studies, Musical Elaborations examines the intersection of the public and private meaning of music Incorporating the music criticism of Adorno, musical ideas from literary works by Proust, and criticism by Benjamin and de Man into his work, noted critic Edward W Said discusses performers such as Glenn Gould, Arturo ToscaFilling a significant gap in contemporary cultural studies, Musical Elaborations examines the intersection of the public and private meaning of music Incorporating the music criticism of Adorno, musical ideas from literary works by Proust, and criticism by Benjamin and de Man into his work, noted critic Edward W Said discusses performers such as Glenn Gould, Arturo Toscanini, and Alfred Brendel and such composers as Beethoven, Wagner, and Strauss.

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    1. Edward Said’s insights on music are always interesting, but sometimes a little fuzzy, with that tendency of academics to produce, if not a word salad, at least a sentence salad. This is a collection of three lectures given at the University of California, Irvine (the Wellek Library Lectures) and as with most of Said’s music writings they are interdisciplinary, dipping into the ideas of Theodor Adorno, Paul de Man, Thomas Mann, Michel Foucault, Richard Poirier, Proust, and others. In the firs [...]

    2. I like the way Said thinks, I like the way he writes. I mean, this a really good book if you know some Adorno and quite a lot of classical music. But for people trying to get into this kind of music I find the language he uses quite sterile. Either he just enters the realm of affirmation by the means of poetic language which in the end doesn't explain much but his subjective point of view, or he enters the realm of theoretical musical concepts which, for non musicians, is quite hard to understan [...]

    3. This is a neat little book, if I didn't find it as satisfying as some of the musical essays in On Late Style or in Exile. I admire Said's musical mind while expecting his thought to be densely constructed and rather hard to understand.

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