Absolute Music: The History of an Idea by Mark Evan Bonds

By Mark Evan Bonds

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

The center of this publication specializes in the interval among 1850 and 1945. even supposing the belief of natural tune is as previous as antiquity, the time period "absolute track" is itself quite fresh. It was once Richard Wagner who coined the time period, in 1846, and he used it as a pejorative in his efforts to show the constraints of in basic terms instrumental song. For Wagner, track that was once "absolute" used to be remoted, indifferent from the realm, sterile. His modern, the Viennese critic Eduard Hanslick, embraced this caliber of isolation as a guarantor of purity. in basic terms natural, absolute tune, he argued, may well detect the top power of the art.

Bonds unearths how and why perceptions of absolute tune replaced so considerably among the 1850s and Twenties. whilst it first seemed, "absolute song" used to be a brand new time period utilized to outdated song, yet through the early a long time of the 20th century, it had become-paradoxically--an outdated time period linked to the hot track of modernists like Schoenberg and Stravinsky. Bonds argues that the main advancements during this shift lay now not in discourse approximately track yet particularly the visible arts. The becoming status of abstraction and shape in portray on the flip of the 20 th century-line and colour, instead of object-helped stream the belief of in simple terms summary, absolute track to the innovative of musical modernism.

By conscientiously tracing the evolution of absolute track from old Greece throughout the heart a long time to the twentieth-century, Bonds not just offers the 1st complete background of this pivotal inspiration but in addition provokes new strategies at the essence of tune and the way essence has been used to give an explanation for music's impact. an extended awaited ebook from essentially the most revered senior students within the box, Absolute song may be crucial studying for an individual attracted to the heritage, idea, and aesthetics of music.

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