The danger of music : and other anti-utopian essays / Richard Taruskin

Author(s): Taruskin, Richard
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Subjects: Musical criticism
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2009
LC Classification: M, ML
Physical Description: xvi, 488 p. ; 24 cm
Table of Contents: Preface: Against Utopia
1. Et in Arcadia Ego; or, I Didn't Know I Was Such a Pessimist until I Wrote This Thing (a talk) 1
From the New York Times, mostly
2. Only Time Will Cover the Taint 21
3. "Nationalism": Colonialism in Disguise? 25
4. Why Do They All Hate Horowitz? 30
5. Optimism amid the Rubble 37
6. A Survivor from the Teutonic Train Wreck 43
7. Does Nature Call the Tune? 46
8. Two Stabs at the Universe 51
Away with the Ives Myth: The "Universe" Is Here at Last 51
Out of Hibernation: Ives's Mythical Beast 55
9. In Search of the "Good" Hindemith Legacy 60
10. Six Times Six: A Bach Suite Selection 66
11. A Beethoven Season? 71
12. Dispelling the Contagious Wagnerian Mist 81
13. How Talented Composers Become Useless 86
14. Making a Stand against Sterility 94
15. A Sturdy Musical Bridge to the Twenty-first Century 98
16. Calling All Pundits: No More Predictions! 104
17. In The Rake's Progress, Love Conquers (Almost) All 109
18. Markevitch as Icarus 118
19. Let's Rescue Poor Schumann from His Rescuers 124
20. Early Music: Truly Old-Fashioned at Last? 129
21. Bartok and Stravinsky: Odd Couple Reunited? 133
22. Wagner's Antichrist Crashes a Pagan Party 138
23. A Surrealist Composer Comes to the Rescue of Modernism 144
24. Corraling a Herd of Musical Mavericks 153
25. Can We Give Poor Orff a Pass at Last? 161
26. The Danger of Music and the Case for Control 168
27. Ezra Pound: A Slim Sound Claim to Musical Immortality 181
28. Underneath the Dissonance Beat a Brahmsian Heart 186
29. Enter Boris Goudenow, Just 295 Years Late 191
For the New Republic, mostly
30. The First Modernist 195
31. The Dark Side of the Moon 202
32. Of Kings and Divas 217
33. The Golden Age of Kitsch 241
34. No Ear for Music: The Scary Purity of John Cage 261
35. Sacred Entertainments 280
36. The Poietic Fallacy 301
37. The Musical Mystique: Defending Classical Music against Its Devotees 330
From the scholarly press
38. Revising Revision 354
39. Back to Whom? Neoclassicism as Ideology 382
40. She Do the Ring in Different Voices 406
41. Stravinsky and Us 420
42. Setting Limits (a talk) 447
Index 467
Added Titles: New York times
Alternate Title(s): New York times.
Notes: LCCN: 2007052244
ISBN: 9780520249776 (cloth : alk. paper)
ISBN: 0520249771 (cloth : alk. paper)
"Roth Family Foundation music in America imprint"--Prelim. p
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents: Et in arcadia ego; or, I didn't know I was such a pessimist until I wrote this thing (a talk) -- Only time will cover the taint -- "Nationalism" : colonialism in disguise? -- Why do they all hate Horowitz? -- Optimism amid the rubble -- A survivor from the teutonic train wreck -- Does nature call the tune? -- Two stabs at the universe. Away with the Ives myth : the "universe" is here at last ; Out of hibernation : Ives's mythical beast -- In search of the "good" Hindemith legacy -- Six times six : a Bach suite selection -- A Beethoven season? -- Dispelling the contagious Wagnerian mist -- How talented composers become useless -- Making a stand against sterility -- A sturdy musical bridge to the twenty-first century -- Calling all pundits : no more predictions! -- In The Rake's progress, love conquers (almost) all -- Markevitch as Icarus -- Let's rescue poor Schumann from his rescuers -- Early music : truly old-fashioned at last? -- Bartók and Stravinsky : odd couple reunited? -- Wagner's antichrist crashes a pagan party -- A surrealist composer comes to the rescue of modernism -- Corraling a herd of musical mavericks -- Can we give poor Orff a pass at last? -- The danger of music and the case for control -- Ezra Pound : a slim sound claim to musical immortality -- Underneath the dissonance beat a Brahmsian heart -- Enter Boris Goudenow, just 295 years late -- The first modernist -- The dark side of the moon -- Of kings and divas -- The golden age of kitsch -- No ear for music : the scary purity of John Cage -- Sacred entertainments -- The poietic fallacy -- The musical mystique : defending classical music against its devotees -- Revising revision -- Back to whom? Neoclassicism as ideology -- She do the Ring in different voices -- Stravinsky and us -- Setting limits (a talk)
OCLC Number: 185095620
ISBN/ISSN: 9780520249776