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By Daniel K L Chua

ISBN-10: 019976932X

ISBN-13: 9780199769322

over the past centuries, Beethoven's song has been synonymous with the belief of freedom, particularly a freedom embodied within the heroic determine of Prometheus. This photograph arises from a comparatively small circle of heroic works from the composer's center interval, such a lot significantly the Eroica Symphony. even though, the liberty linked to the Promethean hero has additionally come less than significantly critique via philosophers, theologians and political theorists; its promise of autonomy simply inverts into a number of types of authoritarianism, and the sovereign will it champions isn't only a releasing strength yet a discriminatory one. Beethoven's freedom, then, seems to be more and more difficult; but his song remains to be hired at the present time to mark political occasions from the autumn of the Berlin Wall to the assaults of Sept. 11. much more complicated, maybe, is the truth that this freedom has formed the reception of Beethoven song to such an volume that we disregard that there's one other type of track in his oeuvre that isn't heroic, a song that opens the potential for a freedom but to be articulated or defined.

By exploring the musical philosophy of Theodor W. Adorno via quite a lot of the composer's song, Beethoven and Freedom arrives at a markedly diverse imaginative and prescient of freedom. writer Daniel KL Chua means that a extra human and fragile idea of freedom are available within the track that has much less to do with the autonomy of the need and its stoical corollary than with questions of human relation, donation, and a yielding to radical alterity. Chua's paintings makes an enormous and arguable assertion through hard the present snapshot of Beethoven, and by way of suggesting an alterior freedom that may converse ethically to the twenty-first century.

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