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Composing the Canon in the German Democratic Republic : Narratives of Nineteenth-Century Music

By: Kelly, Elaine.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Cary : Oxford University Press, 2014Description: 1 online resource (265 p.).ISBN: 9780199998104.Subject(s): Canon (Musical form) | Music -- Germany (East) -- 19th century -- History and criticism | Music -- Political aspects -- Germany (East) -- History -- 19th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Composing the Canon in the German Democratic Republic : Narratives of Nineteenth-Century MusicDDC classification: 780.943/1 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
""Cover""; ""Composing the Canon in the German Democratic Republic""; ""Copyright""; ""Contents""; ""Acknowledgements""; ""List of Abbreviations""; ""Note on Translations""; ""Introduction: Bourgeois Pasts and Socialist Futures""; ""Part I Constructing the Canon""; ""1 Writing the Nation""; ""2 A Case of Wagner""; ""Part II Critiquing the Canon""; ""3 Late Beethoven and Late Socialism""; ""4 The Romantic Revival and the Search for Utopia""; ""5 Staging Late Socialism: Ruth Berghaus and the German Opera Tradition""; ""Epilogue Art after Socialism""; ""Bibliography""; ""Index""
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""Cover""; ""Composing the Canon in the German Democratic Republic""; ""Copyright""; ""Contents""; ""Acknowledgements""; ""List of Abbreviations""; ""Note on Translations""; ""Introduction: Bourgeois Pasts and Socialist Futures""; ""Part I Constructing the Canon""; ""1 Writing the Nation""; ""2 A Case of Wagner""; ""Part II Critiquing the Canon""; ""3 Late Beethoven and Late Socialism""; ""4 The Romantic Revival and the Search for Utopia""; ""5 Staging Late Socialism: Ruth Berghaus and the German Opera Tradition""; ""Epilogue Art after Socialism""; ""Bibliography""; ""Index""

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Kelly (Univ. of Edinburgh, Scotland) investigates the canon of 19th-century classical music in the German Democratic Republic (1947-1990), looking at the negotiations of competing interests, including party officials, musicologists, composers, performers, critics, and audiences. Two primary discourses emerge. One uses the canon to construct a national and socialist identity. Later, a competing discourse emerges that understands critiques of the canon as a way to express dissatisfaction with the stagnated socialist state. Using five symptomatic case studies to show that changes in the musical canon were tied to Cold War politics, German identity, and debates about literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, the author explores the establishment of the canon early in the history of the GDR, the reception of Beethoven and Romanticism, and the fraught case of Wagner--focusing especially on productions of his operas. Kelly also explores the appropriation of 19th-century heritage by composers such as Christfried Schmidt and Reiner Bredemeyer. She maps new territory while leaving room for more focused studies to generate a more detailed portrait of the era. The volume is a noteworthy contribution to the understanding of the politics of classical music in Germany in the second half of the 20th century. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers. --Robert S. Bledsoe, Georgia Regents University

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Elaine Kelly is Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Edinburgh. She is co-editor, together with Amy Wlodarski, of Art Outside the Lines: New Perspectives on GDR Art Culture (2013). Her research has been published in journals such as 19th-Century Music, Music & Letters, and Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History.

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