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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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Sounding Souvenirs

Sounding Souvenirs

(p.72) (p.73) Chapter Three Sounding Souvenirs
Music and Monumentality

Alexander Rehding

Oxford University Press

As the town of Weimar prepared to celebrate Goethe’s birthday, Franz Liszt came up with several new compositions that included Tasso, “Mehr Licht,” and other arrangements for a four-part male-choir, piano solos, and orchestras. The Leipziger Illustrirte Zeitung which covered the long string of events during the festivities reported that a gift was given away to commemorate the celebration. An album of Liszt’s compositions was also distributed as a souvenir for that occasion. The notated version of “Mehr Licht” published in the Illustrirte Zeitung, however, exemplified too many sublime themes. Because of the excessive use of different motives and symbols, this was considered Kitsch — a complex aesthetic phenomenon evident throughout mass culture in the nineteenth-century.

Keywords:   souvenir, Goethe, Franz Liszt, Mehr Licht, Leipziger Illustrirte Zeitung, kitsch

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