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Title:
Quasi una fantasia : essays on modern music
Author:
Adorno, Theodor W., 1903-1969.
ISBN:
9781844677924
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Quasi una fantasia. English
Physical Description:
336 pages ; 25 cm.
Series:
Radical thinkers

Radical thinkers.
General Note:
This translation originally published: 1992.
Contents:
Pt. I Improvisations -- Pt. II Evocations -- Pt. III Finale.
Abstract:
Leader of the Frankfurt School on the music of modernism.
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This collection covers a wide range of topics, from a moving study of Bizet's Carmen to an entertainingly caustic exploration of the hierarchies of the auditorium. Especially significant is Adorno's "dialectical portrait" of Stravinsky, in which Adorno both reconsiders and refines his damning indictment of the composer in Philosophy on Modern Music . Throughout, Adorno is sustained by the conviction that music is supremely human because it is capable of communicating inhumanity while resisting it. His belief in the benevolent and transformative power of music reverberates throughout these writings.