Annual Report FY 2004 - Research at Cornell

19. Michael P. Steinberg, History

Listening to Reason: Culture, Subjectivity, and Nineteenth-Century Music (Princeton University Press, 2004). This pathbreaking work reveals the pivotal role of music—musical works and musical culture—in debates about society, self, and culture that forged European modernity through the “long nineteenth century.” Ranging from Mozart to Mahler, from sacred to secular—including opera and symphonic and solo instrumental music—Steinberg argues that from the late 1700s to the early 1900s music reflected and embodied modern subjectivity as it increasingly engaged and criticized old regimes of power, belief, and representation. The book could become the “next big statement on nineteenth-century music as a cultural phenomenon.”

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