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Bach's Cycle, Mozart's Arrow: An Essay on the Origins of Musical Modernity

Karol Berger


This book examines works by Monteverdi, Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven to support two claims: first, that it was only in the later eighteenth century that music began to take the flow of time from the past to the future seriously; second, that this change in the structure of musical time was an aspect of a larger transformation in the way educated Europeans began to imagine and think about time with the onset of modernity, a part of a shift from the premodern Christian outlook to the modern post-Christian worldview. Until this historical moment, as the author illustrates in his analysis of Bach's ... More

Keywords: Monteverdi, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, musical time, modernity, post-Christian worldview, Don Giovanni, linear time, philosophical trends

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780520250918
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520250918.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karol Berger, author