Absolute Music: The History of an Idea

Absolute Music: The History of an Idea

Mark Evan Bonds


what's track, and why does it circulation us? From Pythagoras to the current, writers have struggled to isolate the essence of "pure" or "absolute" song in ways in which additionally account for its profound impact. In Absolute track: The background of an idea, Mark Evan Bonds lines the heritage of those efforts throughout greater than millennia, paying unique realization to the connection among music's essence and its features of shape, expression, good looks, autonomy, in addition to its perceived skill to reveal philosophical truths.

The center of this publication makes a speciality of the interval among 1850 and 1945. even supposing the assumption of natural tune is as outdated as antiquity, the time period "absolute tune" is itself quite fresh. 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 constraints of merely instrumental track. For Wagner, tune that was once "absolute" was once remoted, indifferent from the area, sterile. His modern, the Viennese critic Eduard Hanslick, embraced this caliber of isolation as a guarantor of purity. purely natural, absolute track, he argued, may well observe the top strength of the artwork.

Bonds finds how and why perceptions of absolute tune replaced so noticeably among the 1850s and Twenties. while it first seemed, "absolute tune" was once a brand new time period utilized to previous track, yet by way of the early many years of the 20 th century, it had become-paradoxically--an previous time period linked to the recent track of modernists like Schoenberg and Stravinsky. Bonds argues that the main advancements during this shift lay no longer in discourse approximately track yet quite the visible arts. The growing to be status of abstraction and shape in portray on the flip of the 20th century-line and colour, instead of object-helped circulate the assumption of simply summary, absolute song to the innovative of musical modernism.

By conscientiously tracing the evolution of absolute tune from historic Greece during the center a while to the twentieth-century, Bonds not just presents the 1st complete historical past of this pivotal notion but in addition provokes new options at the essence of song and the way essence has been used to give an explanation for music's influence. a protracted awaited publication from essentially the most revered senior students within the box, Absolute track might be crucial interpreting for a person attracted to the background, concept, and aesthetics of music.

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