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Aristocratic Maximalism »

Chapter: Aristocratic Maximalism

Source: Music in the Early Twentieth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Richard Taruskin It is time to confess to a scandalous omission. An entire genre, with a history extending back as far as the sixteenth century, has be...

An Army Of Generals »

Chapter: Instrumental Music Lifts Off

Source: Music In The Seventeenth And Eighteenth Centuries

Author: Richard Taruskin

An Army Of Generals As Lombardy-Venetia marked the Austrian Empire’s southern frontier, so the so-called Rhine Palatinate (now part of Bavaria in south...

ARS Subtilior »

Chapter: Machaut and His Progeny

Source: Music from the Earliest Notations to the Sixteenth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

ARS Subtilior The subtilitas with which Machaut expressed his implicitly aristocratic outlook on art and culture took an explicit and even somewhat tec...

Art and Autocracy »

Chapter: Cutting Things Down to Size

Source: Music in the Nineteenth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Art and Autocracy Historical dramas were popular everywhere in the nineteenth century; the Parisian grand opéra, as we know, consisted of virtually not...

Art and Democracy »

Chapter: Self and Other

Source: Music in the Nineteenth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Art and Democracy As an emissary from America to Europe, then from Europe to America, and finally between Americas; as a mediator between low culture a...

Art And Politics: Some Caveats »

Chapter: Courts Resplendent, Overthrown, Restored

Source: Music In The Seventeenth And Eighteenth Centuries

Author: Richard Taruskin

Art And Politics: Some Caveats The political conflict embodied or symbolized in the War of the Buffoons has a great deal of resonance for contemporary ...

Art and Revolution »

Chapter: Deeds of Music Made Visible (Class of 1813, I)

Source: Music in the Nineteenth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Art and Revolution In view of his eventual transformative stature in history, the most extraordinary fact in Wagner's biography is the ordinariness of ...

Art and the Unconscious »

Chapter: Inner Occurrences (Transcendentalism, III)

Source: Music in the Early Twentieth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Art and the Unconscious It seems an even better one, and even more exactly suggests the difference between expressionism and the earlier (“Hoffmannesqu...

Art and Truth »

Chapter: Midcentury

Source: Music in the Nineteenth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Art and Truth Difficulties like these, however real, were nevertheless tolerable within a value system that equated innovation with liberation, and tha...

Art as Plaything »

Chapter: Lost—or Rejected—Illusions

Source: Music in the Early Twentieth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Art as Plaything Prokofieff wrote his merry show in New York, having joined the great wave of emigration that followed the revolutions of 1917, a disas...

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