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S chenker 's V ienna : N icholas C ook on C ulture , R ace and M usic T heory in fin ‐ de ‐ siècle A ustria

S chenker 's V ienna : N icholas C ook on C ulture , R ace and M usic T heory in fin ‐ de ‐... I [T]he splintering of scholarship through specialization has made polymaths seem obsolete, especially in the United States. Today Freud, Neurath, or even Wittgenstein would be patronized as unprofessional, so dazzling was their versatility. Constricted by training and by criteria for advancement, scholars who do examine these men cannot help but interpret them from a parochial point of view. ( Johnston 1972 , p. 6) Vienna, the city of Mach and Wittgenstein, Freud and Kraus, Mahler and Schoenberg, the birthplace of psychoanalysis and logical positivism, expressionism and atonality, a viper's nest of virulent anti‐Semitism, yet also the cradle of the Zionist movement, prone to bureaucratic inertia as well as restless experimentation, renowned as the glittering capital of Franz Josef's empire but also notorious for its prostitution, this city of contradictions was also the home of Heinrich Schenker and the milieu in which he developed his theory of tonal music. Indeed, ‘Back to Vienna!’ might be a good slogan for the growing number of scholars, including Wayne Alpern, Ian Bent, David Carson Berry, William Drabkin, Kevin Karnes, Allan Keiler, Joseph Lubben, William Pastille, Robert Morgan, Hedi Siegel, Robert Snarrenberg and others, who are seeking to reconstruct the intellectual, social and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Music Analysis Wiley

S chenker 's V ienna : N icholas C ook on C ulture , R ace and M usic T heory in fin ‐ de ‐ siècle A ustria

Music Analysis , Volume 28 (1) – Mar 1, 2009

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© 2010 The Author. Journal compilation © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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1468-2249
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Abstract

I [T]he splintering of scholarship through specialization has made polymaths seem obsolete, especially in the United States. Today Freud, Neurath, or even Wittgenstein would be patronized as unprofessional, so dazzling was their versatility. Constricted by training and by criteria for advancement, scholars who do examine these men cannot help but interpret them from a parochial point of view. ( Johnston 1972 , p. 6) Vienna, the city of Mach and Wittgenstein, Freud and Kraus, Mahler and Schoenberg, the birthplace of psychoanalysis and logical positivism, expressionism and atonality, a viper's nest of virulent anti‐Semitism, yet also the cradle of the Zionist movement, prone to bureaucratic inertia as well as restless experimentation, renowned as the glittering capital of Franz Josef's empire but also notorious for its prostitution, this city of contradictions was also the home of Heinrich Schenker and the milieu in which he developed his theory of tonal music. Indeed, ‘Back to Vienna!’ might be a good slogan for the growing number of scholars, including Wayne Alpern, Ian Bent, David Carson Berry, William Drabkin, Kevin Karnes, Allan Keiler, Joseph Lubben, William Pastille, Robert Morgan, Hedi Siegel, Robert Snarrenberg and others, who are seeking to reconstruct the intellectual, social and

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Music AnalysisWiley

Published: Mar 1, 2009

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