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Musical Modernism and German Cinema from 1913 to 1933

Authors: Finocchiaro, Francesco

  • Examines the connections between musical modernism and German cinema from the Autorenfilm movement (1913-14) through the dawn of the recorded sound film (1932-33)
  • Analyses a corpus of original compositions, films, and aesthetic writings
  • Documents how modernist composers from the Austro-German area approached film music composition and engaged with cinema as an aesthetic phenomenon
  • Reconstructs the connections between modernist composers and the film music universe through historically verifiable collaborations
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About this book

This book investigates the relationship between musical Modernism and German cinema. It paves the way for anunorthodox path of research, one which has been little explored up until now. The main figures of musical Modernism, from Alban Berg to Paul Hindemith, and from Richard Strauss to Kurt Weill, actually had a significant relationship with cinema. True, it was a complex and contradictory relationship in which cinema often emerged more as an aesthetic point of reference than an objective reality; nonetheless, the reception of the language and aesthetic of cinema had significant influence on the domain of music. Between 1913 and 1933, Modernist composers’ exploration of cinema reached such a degree of pervasiveness and consistency as to become a true aesthetic paradigm, a paradigm that sat at the very heart of  the Modernist project. In this insightful volume, Finocchiaro shows that the creative confrontation with the avant-garde medium par excellence can be regarded as a vector of musical Modernism: a new aesthetic paradigm for the very process – of deliberate misinterpretation, creative revisionism, and sometimes even intentional subversion of the Classic-Romantic tradition – which realized the “dream of Otherness” of the Modernist generation.

About the authors

Francesco Finocchiaro is Senior Research Scientist at the Department of Musicology of the University of Vienna, Austria. His research interests focus on the points of connection between composition, theory and aesthetics in Twentieth-century music. He edited Arnold Schönberg’s Il pensiero musicale (2011) and has also published extensively on film music, with special regard to the relationship between cinema and musical avant-gardes. He has taught in Italy at the Universities of Bologna, Milan, Florence, as well as at Ferrara Conservatory, and in Austria at the University of Vienna.

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eBook $79.99
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  • Due: December 21, 2017
  • ISBN 978-3-319-58262-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover $99.99
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  • Due: November 23, 2017
  • ISBN 978-3-319-58261-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Musical Modernism and German Cinema from 1913 to 1933
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-58262-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-58262-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-58261-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 263
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 b/w illustrations
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