Rethinking Hanslick

Rethinking Hanslick

Music, Formalism, and Expression

Edited by Nicole Grimes, Siobhán Donovan, Wolfgang Marx

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University of Rochester Press



An innovative and incisive reassessment of a seminal figure in nineteenth-century musical life, through a fresh consideration of his aesthetic, critical, and autobiographical writings.
Rethinking Hanslick: Music, Formalism, and Expression is the first extensive English-language study devoted to Eduard Hanslick--a seminal figure in nineteenth-century musical life. Bringing together eminent scholars from several disciplines, this volume examines Hanslick's contribution to the aesthetics and philosophy of music and looks anew at his literary interests. The essays embrace ways of thinking about Hanslick's writings that go beyond the polarities that have long marked discussion of his work such as form/expression, absolute/program music, objectivity/subjectivity, and formalist/hermeneutic criticism. This approach takes into consideration both Hanslick's important On the Musically Beautiful and his critical and autobiographical writings, demonstrating Hanslick's rich insights into the context in which a musical work is composed, performed, and received.
Rethinking Hanslick serves as an invaluable companion to Hanslick's prodigious scholarship and criticism, deepening our understanding of the major themes and ideas of one of the most influential music critics of the nineteenth century.

Contributors: David Brodbeck, James Deaville, Chantal Frankenbach, Lauren Freede, Marion Gerards, Dana Gooley, Nicole Grimes, David Kasunic, David Larkin, Fred Everett Maus, Timothy R. McKinney, Nina Noeske, Anthony Pryer, Felix Wörner

Nicole Grimes is Marie Curie Fellow at University College Dublin (UCD) and the University of California, Irvine.
Siobhán Donovan is a college lecturer at the School of Languages and Literatures, UCD.
Wolfgang Marx is a senior lecturer at the School of Music, UCD.

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Eastman Studies in Music
Paperback, 9781580465229, April 2015
Hardback, 9781580464321, March 2013
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University of Rochester Press
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Table of Contents

Negotiating the "Absolute": Hanslick's Path through Musical History
Hanslick's Composers
Hanslick, Legal Processes, and Scientific Methodologies: How Not to Construct an Ontology of Music
Otakar Hostinský, the Musically Beautiful, and the Gesamtkunstwerk
Hanslick on Johann Strauss Jr.: Genre, Social Class, and Liberalism in Vienna
Waltzing around the Musically Beautiful: Listening and Dancing in Hanslick's Hierarchy of Musical Perception
"Poison-Flaming Flowers from the Orient and Nightingales from Bayreuth": On Hanslick's Reception of the Music of Goldmark
German Humanism, Liberalism, and Elegy in Hanslick's Writings on Brahms
The Critic as Subject: Hanslick's Aus meinem Leben as a Reflection on Culture and Identity
"Faust und Hamlet in Einer Person": The Musical Writings of Eduard Hanslick as Part of the Gender Discourse in the Late Nineteenth Century
Body and Soul, Content and Form: On Hanslick's Use of the Organism Metaphor
Hanslick and Hugo Wolf
Battle Rejoined: Hanslick and the Symphonic Poem in the 1890s
On "Jewishness" and Genre: Hanslick's Reception of Gustav Mahler
Selected Bibliography
List of Contributors


This Rethinking is timely . . . exploring the tension between Hanslick's ceaselessly revised treatise On the Musically Beautiful and his work as a practicing music critic. DIE MUSIKFORSCHUNG

Make[s] a convincing case for further attention to this important figure in musical history. JOURNAL OF MUSIOCLOGICAL RESEARCH

A significant reassessment. . . . A much-needed collection of studies that reevaluate Hanslick's overall output in a broader cultural context, in particular that of Vienna in the second half of the nineteenth century. . . . Opens new doors to future studies on Hanslick's stance as an aesthetician and critic in the appropriate sociocultural context. The book also succeeds in presenting numerous complex issues surrounding the general [written] output of Hanslick in a coherent manner. MUSIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION NOTES

A virtual kaleidoscope of scholarship. . . . Rich and thoroughly researched discussions . . . will find many grateful readers in countless and diverse disciplines. MUSIC REFERENCE SERVICES QUARTERLY [Ann Lee]

Manages to traverse a good deal of the work of this long-lived and prolific writer on music, and to highlight-productively-the contrasts and even the ambiguities, with respect to matters of identity, national and otherwise, that the full range of his writings reveals. MUSICAL TIMES

The first English-language study of its kind in 60 years. . . . Cogent and . . . exemplary essays in aesthetic history. CHOICE

The contributors are determined to tease out the nuances and contradictions of Hanslick's thought. . . . David Kasunic sensitively explores the ambiguities of Hanslick's attitutdes to his own Jewish ancestry. . . . David Brodbeck continues his valuable series of investigations into Hanslick's reception of cultural Others in the contemporary sphere of "German" music. MUSIC & LETTERS

Rethinking Hanslick paints a diverse but coherent picture of Hanslick's critical career and its multifaceted cultural significance. Adding to recent work expanding the musicological understanding of Hanslick's legacy, this volume will be of major interest to musicologists, music theorists, and aestheticians engaged in the criticism and analysis of nineteenth-century music, as well as to those scholars more specifically concerned with the impact of Hanslick's aesthetics on twentieth-century formalist perspectives on music. --Holly Watkins, Eastman School of Music

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