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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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The Bitter Truth of Modernism

The Bitter Truth of Modernism

A Late-Romantic Story

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(p.140) Chapter 6 The Bitter Truth of Modernism
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Reclaiming Late-Romantic Music
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Peter Franklin

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520280397.003.0006

The fragmentation of Weimar culture, in which “advanced” modernism, or “new music,” criticized late-romantic indulgence across a gulf filled with many new, more popular and contemporary forms of musical entertainment, is presented as the backdrop to the story of Franz Schreker, whose late-romantic operas, from the widely popular Der ferne Klang in 1912 to Der Schmied von Gent in 1932, trace a course that is simultaneously heroic and tragic. Schreker's later accommodation of new musical manners is seen less as a capitulation to stylistic “progress” than as a complex negotiation with the increasing politicization of aesthetic values in a culture that increasingly was openly hostile to those whose “decadent” stylistic manner (as in Schreker's case) was directly associated with their Jewishness.

Keywords:   Weimar culture, new music, Franz Schreker, Der ferne Klang, Der Schmied von Gent, Jewishness

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