Brahms and the Aesthetics of Absolute Music



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Brahms and the Aesthetics of Absolute Music

  • Johannes Brahms,
  • String Quartet in c minor, Op. 51, no. 1
  • The Music/Language Problem
  • Thought Experiments:
  • 1. Work calculus problems w/o numerals
  • 2. Elivs Costello: “Writing about music is
  • like dancing about architecture”
  • Brahms and the “Great Debate ” Revisited
  • Brahms and the “Great Divide” Revisited
  • B. Brahms’s reputation = the 19th-c. reactionary
  • C. The New German School (progressives)
  • 1. Liszt, Wagner and their Circle
  • A. Brahms writes mostly absolute music
  • Brahms
  • Absolute Music
  • Opera and Program Music
  • Less Chromaticism
  • More Chromaticism
  • Form Dictated by Program
  • Traditional Orchestration
  • Shuns Counterpoint
  • Stresses Melody and Harmony
  • Unit of Thought = Motives
  • Unit of Thought = Theme
  • Prizes Innovation
  • = Reserved/Conservative
  • Conservative vs. Progressive or Two World Views?
  • Conservative vs. Progressive or Two World Views?
  • Brahms Quartet in c minor, Op. 51. No. 1
  • 4th Movement, Finale, Allegro
  • B. 19th Century: Music as Expression
  • 2. Aesthetics of Absolute Music


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