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Author Taruskin, Richard.

Title The danger of music and other anti-utopian essays / Richard Taruskin
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 488 pages) : illustrations
Series Roth Family Foundation Music in America imprint
Roth Family Foundation music in America imprint.
Contents Et in arcadia ego, or, I didn't know I was such a pessimist until I wrote this thing -- Only time will cover the taint -- "Nationalism" : colonialism in disguise? -- Why do they all hate Horowitz? -- Optimism amid the rubble -- A survivor from the teutonic train wreck -- Does nature call the tune? -- Two stabs at the universe. Away with the Ives myth : the "universe" is here at last ; Out of hibernation : Ives's mythical beast -- In search of the "good" Hindemith legacy -- Six times six: a Bach suite selection -- A Beethoven season? -- Dispelling the contagious Wagnerian mist -- How talented composers become useless -- Making a stand against sterility -- A sturdy musical bridge to the twenty-first century -- Calling all pundits : no more predictions! -- In the Rake's progress, love conquers all, almost -- Markevitch as Icarus -- Let's rescue poor Schumann from his rescuers -- Early music: truly old-fashioned at last? -- Bartók and Stravinsky: odd couple reunited? -- Wagner's antichrist crashes a pagan party -- A surrealist composer comes to the rescue of modernism -- Corraling a herd of musical mavericks -- Can we give poor Orff a pass at last? -- Music's dangers and the case for control -- Ezra Pound: a slim sound claim to musical immortality -- Underneath the dissonance beat a Brahmsian heart -- Enter Boris Goudenow, just 295 years late -- For the New Republic, mostly -- The first modernist -- The dark side of the moon -- Of kings and divas -- The golden age of kitsch -- No ear for music: the scary purity of John Cage -- Sacred entertainments -- The poietic fallacy -- The musical mystique: defending classical music against its devotees -- Revising revision -- Back to whom? Neoclassicism as ideology -- She do the ring in different voices -- Stravinsky and us -- Setting limits
Summary This work gathers two decades of Richard Taruskin's writing on the arts and politics ranging in approach from occasional pieces for major newspapers to full-scale critical essays. It considers contemporary composition and performance, the role of critics and historians in the life of the arts, and much more
Notes "Roth Family Foundation music in America imprint"--Prelimimary page
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Musical criticism.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2007052244
ISBN 0520249771 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780520249776 (cloth ; alk. paper)
OTHER TI New York times.