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Beethoven & Freedom$
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Daniel K L Chua

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199769322

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199769322.001.0001

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Adagio Sostenuto—Sempre Pianissimo

(p.107) Movement II Something
Beethoven & Freedom

Daniel K L Chua

Oxford University Press

This ‘movement’ considers how Beethoven’s music provides a critique and a lament of heroic freedom by turning the logic of the blank sign from its transcendant fullness to a gaping abyss. Under such conditions, how can music radiate hope? To explore possible answers, this movement uses the myth of Orpheus to frame the discussion, analaysing works such as the piano sonatas Opp 81a, 110, and 111 and the opera Fidelio. It closes by exploring the possibility of alternative freedom.

Keywords:   Orpheus, Fidelio, Adorno, Materiality, Lament

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