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Reclaiming Late-Romantic Music: Singing Devils and Distant Sounds

Peter Franklin


The title of this book alludes to two German operas by Franz Schreker. The Distant Sound (1912) was about a romantic composer's quest for inspiration at the expense of personal responsibility and relationships. The Singing Devil (1928) was set in a medieval world of monks and rebellious pagan tribespeople; it featured a great monastic organ that frightens the pagan rebels into submission, whereupon they are massacred by the monks. With these visions of music as both inner quest and the authoritarian voice of power and glory, I argue that late-romantic symphonies and operas steered a complex an ... More

Keywords: late-romantic music, symphonies, operas, modernism, mass culture, Hollywood films

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780520280397
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520280397.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Franklin, author