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Author Greene, David B.

Title The Imagining of Community in Works of Beethoven, Verdi, and Shostakovich : Musical Means for Envisioning Community
Published Lewiston : Edwin Mellen Press, 2010
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Contents Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Foreword; Preface; Chapter One. When Musical Arts Imagine Community; 1. Imagining and Conceiving Community; 2. Arts and Community: Focus on the Imagining of Community; 3. Arts and Community: Other Approaches; 4. Overview of Three Case Studies; 5. Some Methodological Considerations; Chapter Two. Shostakovich and Imagining the Common Good; 1. Introduction: The Good of the State and the Good of the Community; 2. Shostakovich, Civic Republicanism and the Pursuit of the Common Good; 3. The Pursuit of the Common Good
3. The Musical Structure of Beethoven's Finale and Its Impact on the Words4. The Musical Structure and the Process of Making and Unmaking; 5. The End and Endlessness of Unmaking Form and Re-imagining; Bibliography; Index
Chapter Three. The Chorus in Verdi's Operas: Imagining the Individual and the Community1. Introduction: The Malevolence of Nationalism; the Benevolence of Otherness; 2. Choruses and Protagonists in Verdi's Operas: Participating in and Transcending Community; 3. Nationalism and Verdi's Imagining of Community; Chapter Four. Beethoven's Ninth Symphony: Joy-Based Community and Community-Based Joy; 1. Introduction I: Imagining Community through Feeling; 2. Introduction II: Re-Imagining Emotion and Community through Re-Making Aesthetic Forms
Summary This book takes up pieces of music that imagine community. These works do not illustrate concepts of community or make community an explicit theme. Nevertheless, the particular techniques and structure of each work project an imagining of community that is unique to the piece. Studying the pieces together lays the groundwork for re-imagining the relation of arts and society
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Subject Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827. Symphonies. no. 9, op. 125
Shostakovich, Dmitriń≠ Dmitrievich, 1906-1975 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Verdi, Giuseppe, 1813-1901. Operas.
Communities in music.
Music -- History and criticism.
Music -- Social aspects.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0773411151 (electronic bk.)
9780773411159 (electronic bk.)