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Author Bonds, Mark Evan, author.

Title The Beethoven syndrome : hearing music as autobiography / Mark Evan Bonds
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2020]


Description 1 online resource (xii, 325 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction: The instrumental self -- Part one. -- The paradigm of objective expression : 1770-1830. -- The framework of rhetoric -- Toward the perception of subjective expression -- Hearing composers in their works -- Part two. -- The paradigm of subjective expression : 1830-1920. -- The framework of hermeneutics -- First-person Beethoven -- After Beethoven -- Part three. -- Dual paradigms : since 1920. -- The return of objectivity -- The endurance of subjectivity -- Conclusion: Tracking comets
Summary The "Beethoven syndrome" is the inclination of listeners to hear music as the projection of a composer's inner self. Beethoven's music was a catalyst for this change, but only in retrospect, for it was not until after his death that listeners began to hear composers in general-not just Beethoven-in their works, particularly in their instrumental music. The Beethoven Syndrome: Hearing Music as Autobiography traces the rise, fall, and persistence of this mode of listening from the middle of the eighteenth century to the present. Prior to 1830, composers and audiences alike operated within a framework of rhetoric, in which the burden of intelligibility lay squarely on the composer, whose task it was to move listeners in a calculated way
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827 -- Appreciation -- History
Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827
Music -- Philosophy and aesthetics -- History
Expression (Philosophy) -- History
Art appreciation
Expression (Philosophy)
Music -- Philosophy and aesthetics
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780190068493