The War of the Romantics: A Revisiting of Ancient Greek Aesthetics in Nineteenth-Century Europe Tempting as it may be to place all music of the Romantic Era in the same aesthetic category, to do so would be to ignore one of the most defining ideological conflicts of the nineteenth century. In a time when… Read More The War of The Romantics: A Revisiting of Ancient Greek Aesthetics in Nineteenth-Century Europe
Jazz & The Wolf When a literary critic is analysing one of Hermann Hesse’s most influential novels, the discussion of jazz music used as a literary device might not immediately jump to his mind. However, throughout Steppenwolf (1927), a story about a troubled academic who believes to be split between man and wolf, jazz… Read More Jazz & The Wolf
Swinging with Sartre: Jazz is Like Bananas “Jazz is like bananas, it must be consumed on the spot” These immortal words were first brought to life by the famous French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre in an article that appeared in the Saturday Review, November 29, 1947. The article, titled “I Discovered Jazz in America”, was written… Read More Swinging with Sartre: Jazz is Like Bananas
Jazz & Existentialism: Worlds Apart? Jazz: a form of musical expression that originated in the United States. Existentialism: a European school of thought that reached its peak in the 1940s. At first thought, we might not associate these two phenomena with one another, yet their correlation throughout history is indisputable. ©Mathias Gabriel Existentialism in the… Read More Jazz & Existentialism: Worlds Apart?
What Would Plato Have Thought About Jazz? “The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.” (Alfred North Whitehead, Process and Reality, p. 39 [Free Press, 1979]) Have you ever wondered what one of the most celebrated philosophers of Ancient History might have thought… Read More What Would Plato Have Thought About Jazz?
Glamour or Gloom: Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age Many names have been given to the 1920s: the Roaring Twenties, the Golden Twenties, Les Années Folles and, of course, the Jazz Age. It was a decade fuelled by innovation and change; a time of movement: cars were becoming the favoured means of transportation, commercial airline flights were on… Read More Glamour or Gloom: Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age
According To Adorno: A Portrait of Jazz’s Harshest Critic PART I Though the vast majority of his writings on music dealt primarily with the classical tradition, Theodor Adorno (1903-1969) also devoted a considerable amount of attention to jazz. To say Adorno was skeptical of this dance music that had paddled its way across the Atlantic,… Read More According To Adorno: A Portrait of Jazz’s Harshest Critic