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The Danger of Music and Other Anti-Utopian Essays
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The Danger of Music and Other Anti-Utopian Essays

Richard Taruskin

Abstract

This book gathers the author's writing on the arts and politics, ranging in approach from occasional pieces for major newspapers such as the New York Times to full-scale critical essays for leading intellectual journals. The works presented in this book consider contemporary composition and performance, the role of critics and historians in the life of the arts, and the fraught terrain where ethics and aesthetics interact and at times conflict. Many of the works collected here have themselves excited wide debate, including the title chapter, which considers the rights and obligations of artist ... More

Keywords: newspaper articles, critical essays, contemporary composition, contemporary performance, critics, historians, 9/11 attacks, author's postscripts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780520249776
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520249776.001.0001

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Richard Taruskin, author

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