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From 1989, or European Music and the Modernist Unconscious

Seth Brodsky


What happened to musical modernism? When did it end? Did it end? This unorthodox Lacanian account of European New Music focuses on the unlikely year 1989, when New Music hardly takes center stage. Instead one finds Rostropovich playing Bach at Checkpoint Charlie; or Bernstein changing “Joy” to “Freedom” in Beethoven's Ninth; or David Hasselhoff lip-synching “Looking for Freedom” to thousands on New Year's Eve. But if such spectacles claim to master their historical moment, New Music unconsciously takes the role of analyst. In so doing, it restages earlier scenes of modernism. As world politics ... More

Keywords: musical modernism, European New Music, Checkpoint Charlie, 1989, Rostropovich, Bernstein, David Hasselhoff, world politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520279360
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520279360.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Seth Brodsky, author
University of Chicago