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By Daniel K L Chua

ISBN-10: 019976932X

ISBN-13: 9780199769322

during the last centuries, Beethoven's track has been synonymous with the belief of freedom, specifically a freedom embodied within the heroic determine of Prometheus. This snapshot arises from a comparatively small circle of heroic works from the composer's center interval, such a lot particularly the Eroica Symphony. despite the fact that, the liberty linked to the Promethean hero has additionally come lower than significantly critique by way of philosophers, theologians and political theorists; its promise of autonomy simply inverts into a variety of types of authoritarianism, and the sovereign will it champions isn't basically a freeing strength yet a discriminatory one. Beethoven's freedom, then, seems to be more and more problematical; but his song remains to be hired this day to mark political occasions from the autumn of the Berlin Wall to the assaults of 11th of September. much more challenging, might be, is the truth that this freedom has formed the reception of Beethoven song to such an quantity that we fail to remember that there's one other type of song in his oeuvre that's not heroic, a song that opens the opportunity of a freedom but to be articulated or defined.

By exploring the musical philosophy of Theodor W. Adorno via a variety of the composer's tune, Beethoven and Freedom arrives at a markedly varied imaginative and prescient of freedom. writer Daniel KL Chua means that a extra human and fragile proposal 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 a huge and arguable assertion by way of tough the present snapshot of Beethoven, and through suggesting an alterior freedom that may converse ethically to the twenty-first century.

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