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Sound Matters

Essays on the Acoustics of German Culture
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ISBN-13:
9781782381723
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Web PDF
Seiten:
266
Autor:
Nora M. Alter
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PDF
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Web PDF
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Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

The sounds of music and the German language have played a significant role in the developing symbolism of the German nation. In light of the historical division of Germany into many disparate political entities and regional groups, German artists and intellectuals of the 19th and early 20th centuries conceived of musical and linguistic dispositions as the nation's most palpable common ground. According to this view, the peculiar sounds of German music and of the German language provided a direct conduit to national identity, to the deepest recesses of the German soul. So strong is this legacy of sound is still prevalent in modern German culture that philosopher Peter Sloterdijk, in a recent essay, did not even hesitate to describe post-wall Germany as an "acoustical body."

This volume gathers the work of scholars from the US, Germany, and the United Kingdom to explore the role of sound in modern and postmodern German cultural production. Working across established disciplines and methodological divides, the essays of Sound Matters investigate the ways in which texts, artists, and performers in all kinds of media have utilized sonic materials in order to enforce or complicate dominant notions of German cultural and national identity.

Acknowledgments


Introduction: Sound Matters
Nora M. Alter and Lutz Koepnick


PART I: SOUND NATION?


Chapter 1. Hegemony through Harmony: German Identity, Music, and Enlightenment around 1800
Nicholas Vazsonyi


Chapter 2. Mahler contra Wagner: The Third Symphony and the Political Legacy of Romanticism
Carl Niekerk


Chapter 3. Conducting Music, Conducting War: Nazi Germany as an Acoustic Experience
Frank Trommler


PART II: DISSONANT VISIONS


Chapter 4. The Politics and Sounds of Everyday Life in Kuhle Wampe
Nora M. Alter


Chapter 5. Sound Money: Aural Strategies in Rolf Thiele’s The Girl Rosemarie
Hester Baer


Chapter 6. The Castrato’s Voices: Word and Flesh in Fassbinder’s In a Year of Thirteen Moons
Brigitte Peucker


PART III: SOUNDS OF SILENCE


Chapter 7. Benjamin’s Silence
Lutz Koepnick


Chapter 8. Deafening Sound and Troubling Silence in Volker Schlöndorff’s Die Blechtrommel
Elizabeth C. Hamilton


Chapter 9. Silence Is Golden? The Short Fiction of Pieke Biermann
Christopher Jones


PART IV: TRANSLATING SOUND


Chapter 10. Broadcasting Wagner: Transmission, Dissemination, Translation
Thomas F. Cohen


Chapter 11. Sounds Familiar? Nina Simone’s Performances of Brecht/Weill Songs
Russell A. Berman


Chapter 12. Roll Over Beethoven! Chuck Berry! Mick Jagger! 1960s Rock, the Myth of Progress, and the Burden of National Identity in West Germany
Richard Langston


Chapter 13. The Music That Lola Ran To
Caryl Flinn


PART V: MEMORY, MUSIC, AND THE POSTMODERN


Chapter 14. “Heiner Müller vertonen”: Heiner Goebbels and the Music of Postmodern Memory
David Barnett


Chapter 15. The Technological Subject: Music, Media, and Memory in Stockhausen’s Hymnen
Larson Powell


Notes on Contributors
Index

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