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Beethoven & Freedom

Daniel K L Chua


Beethoven’s music is often associated with freedom. Chua explores the nature of this relationship through an investigation of the philosophical context of Beethoven’s reception and hermeneutic readings of key works. Freedom is arguably the core value of modernity since late eighteenth-century; Beethoven’s music engages with its aspirations and dilemmas, providing a sonic ‘lens’ that enables us to focus on the aesthetic, philosophical, and theological ramifications of its claims of progress and autonomy and the formation of the self and its values. Taking his bearings from Adorno’s fragmentary ... More

Keywords: Autonomy, Adorno, Otherness, Blankness, Idealism, Moment (Augenblick), Speed, Transcendence, Enlightenment

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199769322
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199769322.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel K L Chua, author
Professor of Music, University of Hong Kong

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