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Abstract The preponderance of gothic themes in Italian operas of the early nineteenth century is often cited as one of the few ways essentially conservative Italian composers flirted with the Romantic revolution sweeping the rest of Europe. By 1838, the very ubiquity of these tropes led the...
Abstract This article argues for a number of hitherto unrecognized continuities—stylistic, aesthetic, and ideological—between Beethoven's marginalized “political music” from the period of the Congress of Vienna and his canonical symphonic works. It rereads his œuvre against the background of the...
Abstract “Aura”—configured as an interplay of preservation and loss or—to quote the first version of Walter Benjamin's famous artwork essay—as an “interweaving of space and time”—is central not only to sound recording, but also to the musical dramaturgy of Wagner's final work. This article...
Abstract Perhaps the most influential abandoned woman to surface in the musical history of the nineteenth century was that conceived by Biedermeier poet Eduard Mörike. Since its initial publication in 1832, his “Das verlassene Mägdlein” has engaged the sustained attention of composers,...
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