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Lateness and Brahms: Music and Culture in the Twilight of Viennese Liberalism

Margaret Notley


Brahms's self-identity and public identity as a Liberal are the basis for the two historical perspectives in this book. One reconstructs his place in Vienna. The other draws on criticism conditioned by Western Marxism, on ideas developed in response to 19th-century Liberalism. Brahms appears not to have recognized a societal problem of late Liberalism: exaggerated emphasis on the individual. He did, however, recognize a related musical problem delineated by Adorno — individualized themes at the expense of the formal whole — and made it central to his lifework. Commentary on Brahms's chamber mu ... More

Keywords: Adorno, chamber music, German nationalism, individualism, late style, late Liberalism, Lukács, Vienna, Western Marxism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195305470
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305470.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margaret Notley, author
University of North Texas