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The Musical Matrix Reloaded

Contemporary Perspectives and Alternative Worlds in the Music of Beethoven and Schubert

Barbara Barry

The Musical Matrix Reloaded proposes a striking new scenario for the music of Beethoven and Schubert in the contemporary world. It draws on the theory of Multiple Worlds in physics, and on sci-fi and movies, as powerful contemporary models of alternative realities to explain radical features of interpolation, dislocation, and ultimately of return.

Confronting familiar assumptions about Beethoven’s and Schubert’s music as long-range consonance, the book proposes instead that musical action is predicated on an underlying disruptive energy, Nietzsche’s Dionysian disruptive background re-interpreted in the contemporary world. When it breaks through the musical surface, it dislocates continuity and re-routes tonal narrative into new, unforeseen directions. These unforeseen paths enable us to glimpse in Beethoven’s and Schubert’s music the beautiful, and often haunting, reality of another world.

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Barbara Literska

This book is the first monographic study of nineteenth-century transcriptions of Chopin's music. The work is based on the quantitatively and qualitatively rich source material, which formed the basis for considerations from the perspective of social history, music analysis and aesthetics. Thanks to these multiple perspectives, as well as the time range and the source base, this study may contribute to the history of the reception of Chopin’s work in nineteenth-century culture; it may also prove significant in overcoming the attitude that aesthetically deprecates transcriptions and in adopting a different stance, regarding such adaptations as valuable texts of musical culture.

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Edited by Liana De Girolami Cheney

This collection celebrates the 450th year anniversary of the publication of Giorgio Vasari’s Vite (The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects [Florence: Giunti, 1568]), in which, in the prolegomenon, architects were highly praised along with the principles and technology of architecture. To honor this significant event, the selected articles in this book contain some published excerpts, some revised and expanded, some never published. These articles demonstrate the extraordinary influence of the classical tradition in Renaissance and Mannerist architecture and its role in the education of architectural students. In particular, these essays discuss the materials employed and their functions as well as the architect’s role in society. These articles also address the impact of Mannerist architecture and art theory in sixteenth-century European architecture and culture.

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Edited by Diane Antille

La fin du musée disciplinaire est-elle possible ? Au vu du retour à l’objet qui s’observe dans les discours scientifiques et muséographiques, cette question paraît devoir à nouveau être posée. Des muséologues, des professionnels des musées, et des chercheurs actifs en Suisse, en France et au Canada, mettent en évidence les différents regards portés sur les objets de musée. Ils discutent comment les disciplines, mais aussi l’histoire des collections et la culture dans laquelle elle s’inscrit, modulent ou non le potentiel pluridisciplinaire des objets. Leurs contributions proposent ainsi diverses façons de penser le retour à l’objet. Musée sans discipline, musée pluridisciplinaire, ou exposition conviant diverses disciplines autour d’une même matérialité sont envisagés.

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Richard Hageman

From Holland to Hollywood

Nico de Villiers, Kathryn Kalinak and Asing Walthaus

Richard Hageman (1881-1966) was celebrated during his lifetime as a conductor, pianist, vocal coach, and composer. His art songs put him solidly in the vanguard of mid-century composers and he was routinely referred to in the same context as Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson, William Grant Still, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold. His opera Caponsacchi was the first American opera to premiere in Freiburg-im-Breisgau and Vienna. A conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, Hageman knew the great singers of the age, conducting Enrico Caruso and Geraldine Farrar, and accompanying Nellie Melba and Emmy Destinn. He wrote songs for John McCormack and Lotte Lehmann. By the late 1930s Hageman was composing in Hollywood, scoring westerns for John Ford and earning six Academy Award nominations. In Hollywood, he had drinks with John Wayne, rubbed shoulders with Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, and shared the screen with Louis Armstrong and Elizabeth Taylor.

Richard Hageman: From Holland to Hollywood is the first critical biography to reconstruct Hageman’s colorful life while recreating the cultural milieu in which he flourished: opera in America during the first half of the twentieth century and film scoring in Hollywood in the heyday of the studio system. Here Hageman’s most important works are analyzed in depth for the first time, from his famous art song, "Do Not Go, My Love" and his opera Caponsacchi, to his film scores such as She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and 3 Godfathers. This biography offers a compelling read for opera lovers, film fans, and American history enthusiasts alike.

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Sense Sensibility / Die Sinne spüren

Aesthetics, Aisthesis and Media of Embodiment / Ästhetik, Aisthesis und Medien der Verkörperung

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Edited by Sabine Flach

Die gegenwärtige Forschung zahlreicher Disziplinen wird in vielen ihrer Felder dominiert von Themen und Fragenstellungen, deren Grundlage als ‹Verkörperung› gekennzeichnet wird. Der Ansatz der Verkörperung substituiert den Cartesianischen Dualismus, d.h. die ontologische Differenzierung zwischen Seele, Geist und Körper durch eine Konzeption von Kognition als verkörperten und situierten Prozess.

Die Künste selbst zeigen in all diesen – häufig sehr disparaten – Ansätzen nicht nur, dass sie einen entscheidenden Anteil an dieser Theoriebildung haben sondern vielmehr, dass sie sehr spezifische Zugänge zur Theoriebildung des Embodiments leisten können, und zwar explizit aus einem Denkansatz heraus, der die praxisorientierte Umsetzung ebenso umfasst, wie materielle und performative Aspekte. Der Band versammelt Analysen, die jene der Kunst eigene Dignität und ihre je eigenen Episteme analysieren.

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Piotr Wilk

It is the first monograph in which the concertos of all composers active in this field in the Republic of Venice in the years 1695–1740 are methodically discussed. The Venetian instrumental concerto from Vivaldi’s time is portrayed here through an extensive and thorough survey of the most complete and representative musical material that allowed for the making of conclusions as to its typology, form, style and technique. The concertos discussed here include 974 works by fifteen composers active in Venice, Brescia, Bergamo and Padua. Such an approach not only gives an exhaustive but also a more objective view on the history of the Baroque concerto in its Venetian variant. It shows Vivaldi’s work in a new and broad context, which allows us to better understand its unique character.

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Wolfgang Amadé Mozart

Undeserved Gift to Humanity

Constantin Floros

Mozart’s ambivalent personality offers a key to a deeper understanding of his music. He could be merry, even boisterous, but from many of his works speaks a deep seriousness. Both mirth and melancholy stamp his being. His operatic music includes both the comic and the tragic. The present study treats the special character of his musical language and the relations between his personality and his multiform oeuvre. Its mission is to grasp the peculiarities of his operatic work, his opere serie, opere buffe and singspiels. The chapter "The Program in the Master Overtures" initiates the series of semantic analyses the author has pursued in other books. In the 19th century, it was fashionable to compare Mozart to Raffael. But the comparison is askew, as the graceful is only one side of his personality.

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Chapter II "presents new and even surprising insights into the ‘program’ in Mozart’s master overtures. The connection between overture and drama is viewed from both compositional and semantic points of view. The studies, written with great stylistic and literary knowledge, enter deep into Mozart’s way of working. For both amateurs and cognoscenti, Floros achieves ad better understanding, above all, of the musical interconnections." (Rudolf Angermüller, Mitteilungen des Mozarteums)

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New Cartographies, Nomadic Methodologies

Contemporary Arts, Culture and Politics in Ireland

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Edited by Anne Goarzin and Maria Parsons

This volume embraces the critical turn of new materialism in order to address how creative and social practices allow for the definition of alternative subject positions and to examine how power relations operate at an embodied, relatable level: it proposes to think global but act local. The contributions by scholars and artists offer new ways of engaging and understanding Ireland’s contemporary political, activist and artistic landscape. They open up onto epistemological ways of considering not only the inventions of creative and scholarly research and practice, but also invention and experimentation itself. The volume provides a space for conversation and brings out the potential of non-linear thinking by bringing together artists and scholars to consider the materiality of identity and place through the body, migrancy, ecology and digital technologies. The contributors draw new maps, making new connections, diffracting Irish social imaginaries. This multidisciplinary collection proposes strategies and methods to ethically respond to and engage with the complex situations and urgent challenges that preoccupy our contemporary present. There is something in this book for both the specialist and non-specialist alike and it is essential reading for anyone with an interest in new methodologies in Irish studies.
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MIMOS 2019

Cie Yan Duyvendak

Edited by Paola Gilardi, Delphine Abrecht, Anne Fournier and Andreas Klaeui

Yan Duyvendak ist ein Grenzgänger: zwischen den Sparten und zwischen den Genres. Zwischen bildender Kunst, Performance, Theater und sozialer Interaktion. Ein «Spieler des Realen», den der vorliegende Band mit kritischen Analysen und Berichten von Weggefährten würdigt.

Yan Duyvendak est passeur de frontières entre les disciplines et les genres. Entre art visuel, performance, théâtre et interactions sociales. Un «joueur du réel» auquel cet ouvrage rend hommage grâce à des analyses critiques et à des récits de complices de route.

Yan Duyvendak è un attraversatore di confini: fra le discipline e fra i generi. Fra le arti visive, la performance, il teatro e l’interazione sociale. Un artista che «gioca con il reale», a cui questo volume rende omaggio tramite saggi critici e i resoconti di compagni di viaggio.

Yan Duyvendak crosses borders: of artistic discipline and genre. Of visual art, performance, theatre and social interaction. In tribute to an artist who «deals with the real», this volume contains critical analyses and reports by those who have joined him along his journey.