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Beethoven & Freedom$
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Daniel K L Chua

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199769322

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199769322.001.0001

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Presto—Più Forte

(p.25) Movement I Nothing
Beethoven & Freedom

Daniel K L Chua

Oxford University Press

This ‘movement’ considers how Beethoven’s music articulates the freedom of the heroic subject and its inherent contradictions, particularly through the logic of the ‘blank’ or ‘zero’ sign and the formal concept of the ‘eternal moment’ (or what Adorno terms the Augenblick in Beethoven’s symphonic processes). It explores these notions through the analyses of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Eroica Symphpony.

Keywords:   Autonomy, Blankness, Idealism, Eroica Symphony, Choral Fantasy, Moment (Augenblick), Speed, Transcendence, Enlightenment

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