Contemporary Perspectives and Alternative Worlds in the Music of Beethoven and Schubert
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.
Table of Contents
1. ‘Many Worlds’ and Black Swans: Contemporary Models in Music, the Arts and Ideas
2. Out of This World: Modeling Beethoven’s ‘Grosse Fuge’ in the “Bubble Wrap” Universe
3. Is Anybody There? Texting in Schubert’s Musical Stratosphere
4. Invisible Cities and Imaginary Landscapes: Timely Meditations on Beethoven’s Quartet in C Sharp Minor, ‘Quasi una Fantasia’
5. ‘The Matrix’ Revisited: A Reconsideration of Schubert’s Sonata Form Movements
6. Utopia and Dystopia Revisited: Contrasted Domains in Beethoven’s Middle-Period F Major and F Minor Works
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