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Reclaiming Late-Romantic MusicSinging Devils and Distant Sounds$
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Peter Franklin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520280397

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520280397.001.0001

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Setting the Scene

Setting the Scene

Grandiose Symphonics and the Trouble with Art

(p.1) Chapter 1 Setting the Scene
Reclaiming Late-Romantic Music

Peter Franklin

University of California Press

Negotiating Taruskin's concept of maximalism, this chapter explains the character of the period covered and establishes the subject as that of art and its audience in the age of modernism. The book's argument is contextualized with reference to the theories in Richard Leppert's The Sight of Sound and John Carey's The Intellectuals and the Masses. There is also an attempt to explore the nuances of an understanding of romanticism through discussion of a key text by Wackenroder. This facilitates a better sense of what might be “late” romantic about Mahler's Second Symphony, a critical discussion of which, linked to the author's experience of hearing it for the first time, occupies the closing section of the chapter.

Keywords:   Taruskin, maximalism, Richard Leppert, John Carey, romanticism, Wackenroder, Mahler's Second Symphony

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