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Listening for Utopia in Ernst Blochs Musical Philosophy Benjamin M. Korstvedt

Listening for Utopia in Ernst Blochs Musical Philosophy

Benjamin M. Korstvedt

Published July 31st 2010
ISBN : 9780521896153
Hardcover
234 pages
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The musical writings of the German philosopher and theorist Ernst Bloch are extraordinarily rich, but also unusually dense, at times even cryptic. Bloch, a profoundly heterodox thinker, brilliantly wove cultural criticism into a larger project ofMoreThe musical writings of the German philosopher and theorist Ernst Bloch are extraordinarily rich, but also unusually dense, at times even cryptic. Bloch, a profoundly heterodox thinker, brilliantly wove cultural criticism into a larger project of what he termed revolutionary gnosis. Listening for Utopia is both an explication of Blochs musical thought and a critical development of it. Ultimately, the book seeks to reanimate Blochs philosophy of music in ways that connect with current musicology. The work begins with a detailed study of concepts crucial to Blochs aesthetics that situates them within both his philosophical system and German critical theory of the early twentieth century. The second half of the book comprises a series of essays that take up key ideas from Bloch, decipher them through contextual and close reading, and develop them through critical application to salient musical masterpieces by Wagner, Mozart, Bruckner and Brahms.