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By Mark Evan Bonds

ISBN-10: 0190851171

ISBN-13: 9780190851170

ISBN-10: 0199343632

ISBN-13: 9780199343638

what's song, and why does it movement us? From Pythagoras to the current, writers have struggled to isolate the essence of "pure" or "absolute" tune in ways in which additionally account for its profound impact. In Absolute song: The historical past of an idea, Mark Evan Bonds strains the background of those efforts throughout greater than millennia, paying distinct awareness to the connection among music's essence and its traits of shape, expression, good looks, autonomy, in addition to its perceived means to reveal philosophical truths.

The center of this publication makes a speciality of the interval among 1850 and 1945. even if the belief of natural tune is as previous as antiquity, the time period "absolute tune" is itself rather contemporary. It used to be Richard Wagner who coined the time period, in 1846, and he used it as a pejorative in his efforts to reveal the restrictions of simply instrumental song. For Wagner, song that used to be "absolute" used to be remoted, indifferent from the area, sterile. His modern, the Viennese critic Eduard Hanslick, embraced this caliber of isolation as a guarantor of purity. merely natural, absolute song, he argued, may perhaps detect the top strength of the art.

Bonds unearths how and why perceptions of absolute track replaced so significantly among the 1850s and Twenties. while it first seemed, "absolute track" used to be a brand new time period utilized to previous tune, yet via the early many years of the 20th century, it had become-paradoxically--an previous time period linked to the hot song of modernists like Schoenberg and Stravinsky. Bonds argues that the major advancements during this shift lay no longer in discourse approximately tune yet relatively the visible arts. The transforming into status of abstraction and shape in portray on the flip of the 20 th century-line and colour, rather than object-helped stream the belief of in simple terms summary, absolute song to the innovative of musical modernism.

By conscientiously tracing the evolution of absolute track from old Greece throughout the center a while to the twentieth-century, Bonds not just offers the 1st entire historical past of this pivotal idea but additionally provokes new options at the essence of track and the way essence has been used to give an explanation for music's impression. an extended awaited booklet from some of the most revered senior students within the box, Absolute track should be crucial examining for an individual attracted to the heritage, thought, and aesthetics of music.

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