Wilhelm Furtwangler: Art and the Politics of the Unpolitical [Kõva köide]

  • Formaat: Hardback, 318 pages, kõrgus x laius: 234x156 mm, 13 Line drawings, black and white; 10 Illustrations, black and white
  • Ilmumisaeg: 11-May-2018
  • Kirjastus: The Boydell Press
  • ISBN-10: 178327283X
  • ISBN-13: 9781783272839
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  • Formaat: Hardback, 318 pages, kõrgus x laius: 234x156 mm, 13 Line drawings, black and white; 10 Illustrations, black and white
  • Ilmumisaeg: 11-May-2018
  • Kirjastus: The Boydell Press
  • ISBN-10: 178327283X
  • ISBN-13: 9781783272839
A pathbreaking, new intellectual biography of the composer and conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler. Wilhelm Furtwängler (1886-1954) has entered the historical memory as a renowned interpreter of the canon of Austro-German musical masterworks. His extensive legacy of recorded performances of Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner and Wagner is widely regarded as unsurpassed. Yet more than sixty years after his death he remains a controversial figure: the complexities and equivocacy of his high-profile position within the Third Reich still cast a long shadow over his reputation. This book builds an intellectual biography of Furtwängler, probing this ambiguity, through a critical examination of his extensive series of essays, addresses and symphonies. It traces the development of his thought from its foundations in late nineteenth-century traditions of Bildung and associated discourses of conservative-minded nationalism, through the turbulent years of the Weimar Republic and the cultural and moral dilemmas of the Nazi period, to the post-World War II years of Bundesrepublik reconstruction, in which the beleaguered idealist found himself adrift in an alien cultural environment overshadowed by the unfolding narrative of the Nazi holocaust. The book will be of interest not only to music scholars but to cultural and intellectual historians as well. ROGER ALLEN is a Fellow of St Peters College, Oxford and author of Richard Wagners Beethoven (1870): A New Translation (Boydell Press, 2014)


An innovative approach to this highly controversial conductor whose career flourished under Nazi rule...a very welcome and insightful complement to the extant library of Furtwangler biographies. GERMAN HISTORY Roger Allen's thoroughly researched volume is something subtler and ultimately perhaps more insightful. OPERA An astute essay on the highs and lows of German cultural history, as seen through the eyes and perceived by the actions of the star conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler...Allen enters this terrain equipped with a great sense of fairness rarely found in scholarly studies. WAGNERSPECTRUM Trace[ s] the genesis of the belief system that made Furtwangler accept the Nazi regime as an unappetizing but tolerable set-up in which to achieve his cultural aims...Reading Furtwangler's writings with Allen as a guide illuminates the political undercurrents of his aesthetics. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT Explored through Furtwangler's writings and those of relevant contemporaries, is the social, intellectual and cultural hinterland - the 'Germanness' - that shaped his being...There is much that is interesting here about the nature of German conservatism and Furtwangler's relationship to it. GRAMOPHONE This impeccably researched and engagingly written study tackles the emotive subject from a cultural perspective, shedding fresh light on how Furtwangler remained (at least in his mind) apolitical during a period of extreme politicisation. BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Prelude x
Acknowledgements xiii
Preface xv
Note on Translations xxi
Chronology xxiii
Introduction 1(5)
1 Wilhelm Furtwangler: The Historical, Cultural and Intellectual Background
2 Childhood and Youth (1886--1911)
3 Lubeck and Mannheim (1911--20)
4 Furtwangler in the Weimar Republic (1919--33)
5 Furtwangler and the Nazi State I (1933--35)
6 Furtwangler and the Nazi State II (1935--45)
7 Reflection and Reaction: Furtwangler in the Immediate Post-War Period (1945--50)
8 Furtwangler as Symphonist
9 `All Greatness is Simplicity' (1951--54)
10 Afterword
Appendix 1 Two Furtwangler Essays 230(6)
Appendix 2 Thomas Mann, `Germany and the Germans' (1945) 236(16)
Appendix 3 Audio and Visual Sources 252(4)
Bibliography 256(18)
Index 274

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