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Adorno, Theodor W. (Translated by Rodney Livingstone) . SOUND FIGURES. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 1999. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 235 pages. Fine/Fine.

Collection of essays on music. One of Theodor Adorno's finest achievements. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as part of Stanford University's legendary "Meridian Crossing: Aesthetics" Series and as a hardcover original only. Presents Theodor Adorno's "Sound Figures". One of the 20th century's most influential thinkers in the areas of social theory, philosophy, and aesthetics, Adorno was also a formidable authority on music (in a way that no other major critic and none of the other members of the Frankfurt School were). "Displays an astonishing range of cultural reference, demonstrating that music is invariably social, political, even ethical. Adorno's insistence on the social character of aesthetic works will come as no surprise to those familiar with his writings although many may be surprised by the volume's somewhat colloquial tone. This colloquialism, in dialogue with Adorno's unceasing rigor, stems from the occasional sources of many of the essays, mainly public lectures and radio addresses. His arguments move more quickly than in his more formal and extended musicological works, and the writing is much more accessible and generous than his usually dense and frequently opaque prose. Includes essays on prominent figures in music (Alban Berg, Anton von Webern, Arturo Toscanini), compositional technique (the pre-history of the twelve-tone row, the function of counterpoint in new music), and the larger questions of musical sociology for which Adorno is most famous, including the relation of interpretation to audience, the ideological function of opera, and the historical meaning of musical technique. The interdisciplinary nature of his thought provides a precursor for today's interdisciplinary studies" (Publisher's blurb). "A volume of Adorno is equivalent to a whole shelf of books" (Susan Sontag). "Talent is perhaps nothing other than successfully sublimated rage" (Theodor W. Adorno). An absolute "must-have" title for Theodor W. Adorno collectors. This title is a modern classic. This is one of very few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A very scarce copy thus. One of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER THEODOR ADORNO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0804735573. $90.00

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