Brahms’s Elegies: The Poetics of Loss in Nineteenth Century German Culture

English | ISBN: 1108474497 | 2019 | 292 pages | PDF | 11 MB

Nicole Grimes provides a compellingly fresh perspective on a series of Brahms’s elegiac works by bringing together the disciplines of historical musicology, German studies, and cultural history. Her exploration of the expressive potential of Schicksalslied, NГ¤nie, Gesang der Parzen, and the Vier ernste GesГ¤nge reveals the philosophical weight of this music. She considers the German tradition of the poetics of loss that extends from the late-eighteenth-century texts by HГ¶lderlin, Schiller and Goethe set by Brahms, and includes other philosophical and poetic works present in his library, to the mid-twentieth-century aesthetics of Adorno, who was preoccupied as much by Brahms as by their shared literary heritage. Her multifaceted focus on endings – the end of tonality, the end of the nineteenth century, and themes of loss in the music – illuminates our understanding of Brahms and lateness, and the place of Brahms in the fabric of modernist culture.

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