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Dreams of LovePlaying the Romantic Pianist$
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Ivan Raykoff

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199892679

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892679.001.0001

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Play It Again, Franz

Play It Again, Franz

(p.91) 5 Play It Again, Franz
Dreams of Love

Ivan Raykoff

Oxford University Press

Photography—beginning with the invention of the daguerreotype in 1839—provides a historical and conceptual context for Franz Liszt’s “invention” of the solo recital that same year. The ritual of the recital enables the Romantic pianist to replay (“recite”) great works of the piano repertoire, not unlike the way photography enables one to capture an image in time and reproduce it further. The solo recital is a technology—a way of reproducing a repertoire, a history, and musical values—that demonstrates Jacques Attali’s conception of music’s representation and reproduction as well as Walter Benjamin’s theory of the artwork’s technological reproducibility. Liszt provides a case study for this phenomenon of cultural reproducibility as it applies to both his music and his image.

Keywords:   Recital, repertoire, photography, history, technology, reproducibility, Liszt, Attali, Benjamin

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