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Oxford University Press Inc
17 November 2016
Romantic music (c 1830 to c 1900); Individual composers & musicians, bands & groups; Keyboard instruments
Lateness and Brahms takes up the fascinating, yet understudied problem of how Brahms fits into the culture of turn-of-the-century Vienna. Brahms's conspicuous and puzzling absence in previous scholarly accounts of the time and place raises important questions, and as Margaret Notley demonstrates, the tendency to view him in neutralized, ahistorical terms has made his music seem far less interesting than it truly is. In pursuit of an historical Brahms, Notley focuses on the later chamber music, drawing on various documents and perspectives, but with particular emphasis on the relevance of Western Marxist critical traditions.
By:   Margaret Notley (Assistant Professor of Music History Assistant Professor of Music History University of North Texas)
Imprint:   Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 159mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   376g
ISBN:   9780190628420
ISBN 10:   0190628421
Series:   AMS Studies in Music
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   17 November 2016
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  A / AS level ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Margaret Notley, an Associate Professor of Music History at the University of North Texas, has published widely on a number of topics. Her article Late-Nineteenth-Century Chamber Music and the Cult of the Classical Adagio won the 2000 Alfred Einstein Award given by the American Musicological Society.

Reviews for Lateness and Brahms: Music and Culture in the Twilight of Viennese Liberalism

Lateness and Brahms brilliantly explores the ideological intertwinings between Austrian political life and the various genres of 'absolute' music, which have often been regarded as only abstract or purely aesthetic. Notley flings open the doors of cultural context and reception for Brahms at the end of his career. Uncovering the key debates surrounding this composer and his musical traditions, she restores crucial factors of local framing and connotation obvious to his contemporaries but largely lost to later generations. A rich tapestry of close reading and cultural interpretation, this indispensable book not only obliges us to rethink late Brahms and his world but also challenges us to confront how we have constructed other composers in our own histories and narratives. This is music and cultural history at its best. James Hepokoski, Yale University In this fascinating book, we learn about Brahms's late instrumental works through a variety of prisms political, analytical, social, historical, cultural and more


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