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Music, Criticism, and the Challenge of History
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Music, Criticism, and the Challenge of History: Shaping Modern Musical Thought in Late Nineteenth Century Vienna

Kevin Karnes


This book provides a first look at the ideological dilemmas and methodological anxieties that pervaded the discipline of musicology (in German, Musikwissenschaft, encompassing music theory, analysis, and the study of music history) at the time and place of its academic institutionalization. Engaging in close readings of key contributions by Eduard Hanslick, Heinrich Schenker, and Guido Adler, all leading pioneers in the field, it argues against the widely held assumption that German musicology of the period was characterized, first and foremost, by a positivist endeavor to transform the discip ... More

Keywords: Adler, disciplinary identity, Hanslick, ideology, music analysis, music theory, musicology, natural sciences, Nietzsche, positivism, Schenker, Vienna, Wagner

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195368666
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368666.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin Karnes, author
Emory University