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Article: Beethoven's other humanism

TitleBeethoven's other humanism
Authors
KeywordsEmmanuel Lévinas
Ethics
Humanism
Ludwig van Beethoven
Theodor W. Adorno
Issue Date2009
PublisherUniversity of California Press, Journals Division. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.ucpressjournals.com/journal.asp?j=jams
Citation
Journal Of The American Musicological Society, 2009, v. 62 n. 3, p. 571-645 How to Cite?
AbstractBeethoven's Promethean image has been reenforced in recent scholarship by the idea of the "heroic." Although the escalation of the concept has been recognized as an act of selective hearing based on a handful of "heroic" works, Beethoven's Promethean identity is likely to remain because it embodies the ethical values of a particularly virulent strain of humanism; Beethoven is still employed today to mark the epochal events of human history - from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the atrocities of 9/11. However, the humanism this hero champions has been accused as a cause of the very inhumanity the music is suppose to erase. To offer an alternative is not difficult - there are many works by the composer that do not conform to the Promethean image; but the alternative would be meaningless if it were merely a matter of registering other topics or narratives without grounding the difference in a set of values that challenge the ethical force of the hero. This article sketches the possibility of such an alternative through the ethics of philosophers such as Emmanuel Lévinas and Theodor W. Adorno. It explores an-Other humanism in Beethoven both in the sense of an other Beethoven and a humanism founded on the Other. © 2009 by the American Musicological Society. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/90294
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dc.description.abstractBeethoven's Promethean image has been reenforced in recent scholarship by the idea of the "heroic." Although the escalation of the concept has been recognized as an act of selective hearing based on a handful of "heroic" works, Beethoven's Promethean identity is likely to remain because it embodies the ethical values of a particularly virulent strain of humanism; Beethoven is still employed today to mark the epochal events of human history - from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the atrocities of 9/11. However, the humanism this hero champions has been accused as a cause of the very inhumanity the music is suppose to erase. To offer an alternative is not difficult - there are many works by the composer that do not conform to the Promethean image; but the alternative would be meaningless if it were merely a matter of registering other topics or narratives without grounding the difference in a set of values that challenge the ethical force of the hero. This article sketches the possibility of such an alternative through the ethics of philosophers such as Emmanuel Lévinas and Theodor W. Adorno. It explores an-Other humanism in Beethoven both in the sense of an other Beethoven and a humanism founded on the Other. © 2009 by the American Musicological Society. All rights reserved.en_HK
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dc.subjectEmmanuel Lévinasen_HK
dc.subjectEthicsen_HK
dc.subjectHumanismen_HK
dc.subjectLudwig van Beethovenen_HK
dc.subjectTheodor W. Adornoen_HK
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