Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Beethoven after NapoleonPolitical Romanticism in the Late Works$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Stephen Rumph

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520238558

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520238558.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use.date: 21 October 2019

Vox Populi, Vox Dei

Vox Populi, Vox Dei

Chapter:
(p.195) 8 Vox Populi, Vox Dei
Source:
Beethoven after Napoleon
Author(s):

Stephen Rumph

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520238558.003.0009

This chapter provides an account of the works of scholars who suggest that speech and song together press to fulfill Beethoven's drive toward immediacy of communication. This evokes a tantalizingly musical metaphor, i.e. voice. Voice here signifies authorial presence, as questioned by post structuralism. It is the aura of the Ninth Symphony, the over-determinacy of Beethoven's intentions, that lifts the work above ideology and into the realm of transformative art. The chapter examines the twin claims of vox populi, vox dei, a flow of popular voices, ebb of authorial voice, by focusing on the finale of the Ninth Symphony. The “Ode to Joy” enshrines Beethoven's most famous populist melody, and also has another transcendent voice that speaks through the recitative in the lower strings. Both voices trace their source back to 1809, winding through a rich intellectual landscape. By retracing this development, the chapter clarifies what Beethoven's “voices” are saying.

Keywords:   Beethoven, musical metaphor, voice, vox populi, vox dei, Ninth Symphony

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.