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Music and MonumentalityCommemoration and Wonderment in Nineteenth Century Germany$
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Alexander Rehding

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195385380

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385380.001.0001

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The Time of Musical Monuments

The Time of Musical Monuments

(p.19) Chapter One The Time of Musical Monuments
Music and Monumentality

Alexander Rehding

Oxford University Press

In March 1800, the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung recognized the achievements of a number of prominent German composers and music. The founding editor for this publication, Friedrich Rochlitz, called attention to how no other artistic work “contains so much that is perishable within the imperishable, so much that is mortal within the immortal.” The need for “musical monuments” in the context of historical works frequently came about in the previous years, and this was only reinforced by Johann Nikolaus Forkel’s request that musical works with historical significance be more readily available along with other such seemingly ambitious projects. Although the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung had more sustainable and feasible monuments in mind, Germany could not have its own capital because of certain statistical conditions. This chapter illustrates how Germany handled its lack of a cultural center that would aid in fostering a unified taste and artistic manner.

Keywords:   Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung, Germany, musical monuments, statistical conditions, capital, taste, Nikolaus Forkel

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