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Author Leppert, Richard D., author

Title Aesthetic technologies of modernity, subjectivity, and nature : opera · orchestra · phonograph · film / Richard Leppert
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2015]


Description 1 online resource : color illustrations
Contents The civilizing process : music and the aesthetics of time-space relations in The Girl of the golden West -- Opera, aesthetic violence, and the imposition of modernity : Fitzcarraldo -- Caruso, phonography, and operatic fidelities : regimes of music listening, 1904-1929 -- Aesthetic meanderings of the sonic psyche : three operas, two notes, and one ending at the boundary of the Great Divide -- Sound, subjectivity, and death : Days of heaven (promesse du bonheur) -- Conclusion : acoustic invocations of crisis and hope
Summary "The book addresses how music (especially opera), the phonograph, and film served as cultural agents facilitating the many extraordinary social, artistic, and cultural shifts that characterized the nascent twentieth century and much of what followed long thereafter, even to the present. Three tropes are central: the tensions and traumas--cultural, social, and personal--associated with modernity; changes in human subjectivity and its engagement and representation in music and film; and the more general societal impact of modern media, sound recording (the development of the phonograph in particular), and the critical role played by early-century opera recording. A principal focus of the book is the conflicted relationship in Western modernity to nature, particularly as nature is perceived in opposition to culture and articulated through music, film, and sound as agents of fundamental, sometimes shocking transformation. The book considers the sound/vision world of modernity filtered through the lens of aesthetic modernism and rapid technological change, and the impact of both, experienced with the prescient sense that there could be no turning back"--Provided by publisher
Analysis aesthetic modernism
early 20th century culture
early 20th century fine arts
early 20th century music
early 20th century subjectivity
early century opera recording
modern media
musical aesthetics of the early 20th century
musical technology
nature in film
nature in western modernity
opera music
sound recording
sounds of modernity
tensions and traumas of modernity
visions of modernity
western modernity
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924. Fanciulla del West.
SUBJECT Fitzcarraldo (Motion picture)
Days of heaven (Motion picture)
Days of heaven (Motion picture) fast
Fanciulla del West (Puccini, Giacomo) fast
Fitzcarraldo (Motion picture) fast
Subject Music -- Philosophy and aesthetics.
Modernism (Music) -- History -- 20th century
Opera -- Social aspects
Motion pictures -- Social aspects.
Sound recordings -- Social aspects
Nature in music.
Nature in motion pictures.
MUSIC -- Genres & Styles -- Classical.
MUSIC -- Reference.
MUSIC -- Genres & Styles -- Opera.
Modernism (Music)
Motion pictures -- Social aspects
Music -- Philosophy and aesthetics
Nature in motion pictures
Nature in music
Opera -- Social aspects
Sound recordings -- Social aspects
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780520962521