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The War of The Romantics: A Revisiting of Ancient Greek Aesthetics in Nineteenth-Century Europe

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

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Jazz & The Wolf

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

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According To Adorno: A Portrait of Jazz’s Harshest Critic

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