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Critiquing the Enlightenment: Beethoven's Music in Early Romanticism.

D'Elia, Peter
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
D'Elia, Peter
Advisor
Will, Richard
Abstract
This dissertation begins by showing how the common framing of Beethoven’s music in terms of Classicism and Romanticism is bound up with twentieth-century binary politics. It goes on to argue that these categories have a limited historical basis and have also restricted our aesthetic appreciation of much of his music. It then suggests that the more historically-grounded category of Early Romanticism makes some of the often-ignored genres of Beethoven’s output comprehensible and appreciable. The bulk of the dissertation shows the positive potential that this historical lens provides, particularly for appreciating undervalued genres such as his songs and his sacred music. These genres grapple with ideas of alienation, suffering, and difficulty common to many of Beethoven’s literary contemporaries, and these ideas offer new perspectives for analyzing and interpreting even the more well-worn of Beethoven’s music.
Language
English
Published
University of Virginia, Department of Music, PHD (Doctor of Philosophy), 2016
Published Date
2016-07-18
Degree
PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Rights
CC-BY (permitting free use with proper attribution)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository

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