Musical Modernity, the Beautiful and the Sublime

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Theodor Adorno noted the difficulty of creating new art that can be beautiful in a truthful way, eschewing any response to musical modernity that would move quickly beyond bewilderment to something easily assimilable as traditionally beautiful. For Jean-François Lyotard the arts for the last century have no longer been concerned primarily with the beautiful but rather with a renewed concept of the sublime. This contrasts strikingly with Helmut Lachenmann’s revalorization of beauty that is not merely the recycling of convention. Beginning from these paradigmatic positions, a range of modern and contemporary musical works is considered in the course of the chapter.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Research Companion to Modernism in Music
EditorsBjörn Heile, Charles Wilson
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781315613291
ISBN (Print)9781472470409
Publication statusPublished - 6 Aug 2018


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