Doing Violence to 'Violence': Theodor W. Adorno and the Responsibilities of Music Criticism Public Deposited

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  • Miller, Timothy D.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Music
  • This study examines the intersections of music, philosophy and the use of metaphors and other linguistic expressions relating to violence in the writings of Theodor W. Adorno. After discussing contemporary theories of metaphor, it examines Adorno's comparisons of the music of Schoenberg and Stravinsky in his 1948 volume Philosophie der neuen Musik, the posthumous collection of fragments for his unfinished volume on Beethoven, and his 1928 essay on Schubert. Adorno's use of violence metaphors in his criticisms of these composers is juxtaposed with those of other musicologists and critics. The conclusion of this study of music, society, and words addresses the question of the responsible coexistence of real and metaphoric violence in the criticism of music.
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