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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.

BIC Classifications

  • The arts (A)
    • Music (AV)
      • Theory of music & musicology (AVA)
      • Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups (AVH)
  • Humanities (H)
    • History (HB)
      • History: specific events & topics (HBT)

BISAC Classifications

  • Music (MUS)
    • MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Dance (MUS011000)
    • MUSIC / History & Criticism (MUS020000)

THEMA Classifications

  • The Arts (A)
    • Music (AV)
      • Theory of music & musicology (AVA)
      • History of music (AVM)
      • Composers & songwriters (AVN)