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Acknowledgments 1. Away with All Rules? 2. Styles 3. Adorno's Beethoven 4. Late Landscapes 5. Invisible Cities 6. Ways of World Making 7. Kunstvereinigung 8. Caesura of the Classical Style 9. The Persistence of Critical Theory Conclusion Appendix Notes Bibliography Index
A provocative and innovative study of Adorno's writings on Beethoven
Michael Spitzer is Reader in Music at Durham University, United Kingdom. He has written widely on aspects of music theory and semiotics and is author of Metaphor and Musical Thought.
[T]he aim of Michael Spitzer's new book is to explore Beethoven's late style. To this end, he conceives a theory of musical style, one that draws upon topics and issues related to the study of musical meaning, and he frames this theory by means of ideas borrowed from the writings of Theodor Adorno. [This] book will be of interest to three kinds of music scholar: the Beethoven specialist, the theorist of style, and lastly the scholar of Adorno.31.2 Fall 2009 * Music Theory Spectrum *