Quasi Una Fantasia by Theodor Adorno
Essays on Modern Music (Radical Thinkers)

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Quasi Una Fantasia is as good as any. His criticism is a tool which can work any number of materials; not just modern music.
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This collection covers a wide range of topics, from a moving study of Bizet’s Carmen to an entertainingly caustic exploration of the hierarchies of the auditorium. Especially significant is Adorno’s “dialectical portrait” of Stravinsky, in which Adorno both reconsiders and refines his damning indictment of the composer in Philosophy on Modern Music. Throughout, Adorno is sustained by the conviction that music is supremely human because it is capable of communicating inhumanity while resisting it. His belief in the benevolent and transformative power of music reverberates throughout these writings.
 

About Theodor Adorno

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Theodor Adorno was director of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Frankfurt from 1956 until his death in 1969. His works include In Search of Wagner; Aesthetic Theory; Negative Dialectics; and (with Max Horkheimer) Dialectic of Enlightenment and Towards a New Manifesto.
 
Published January 16, 2012 by Verso. 348 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Law & Philosophy, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Nicholas Lezard on Feb 21 2012

Quasi Una Fantasia is as good as any. His criticism is a tool which can work any number of materials; not just modern music.

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