Adorno and Art: Aesthetic Theory Contra Critical Theory by James Hellings

By James Hellings

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If the development towards the administered international is nearing of completion, if spectacularised societies, industrialised cultures, and reified attention have taken keep an eye on, then, Adorno and Art indicates how radical and innovative Adorno’s aesthetic thought of art’s double personality continues to be, and the way complicated, imaginitive and oppositional, types of artwork provide, possibly, the easiest wish for overcoming broken life.

The caricatures of Adorno, his politics and his aesthetics, are popular mistakes of judgement—widely repeated either through the academy and by way of the Left. Adorno’s aesthetics has been accused of failing to maintain velocity with revolutionary inventive practices and for being socio-politically aloof. regardless of the endurance of those caricatures, this e-book indicates how major photos and topics in Adorno’s concept stay proper to the present scenario of paintings, aesthetics and politics.

The Adorno on exhibit during this quantity was once no bourgeois mandarin, no boastful aesthete, no esoteric mystic, no depression pessimist, and no educational professional holed up within the proverbial ivory tower.

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56 The Schola's Curriculum The curriculum of the Schola, as instituted in 1897, included a five-year course in music history, analysis, and aesthetics begun in the second year. " Moreover, the training in "le metier" did not start with harmony or solfege as at the Conservatoire but simultaneously exposed the students to harmony, counterpoint, and Gregorian chant. This premininary study also required that students participate in a choral ensemble, where they learned sacred polyphony, from simple organum up through the works of Palestrina.

During the war d'Indy had been introduced to Franck himself, an event that was to have a momentous impact on both his life and his career:26 he now began to associate closely with the coterie of students that coalesced around Franck, a group whose aesthetic their contemporaries described as aristocratic, conservative, and "bien pensant" (right-thinking). It was indeed this circle that would later become the central core of reactionary, anti-Dreyfusard musicians, promoting aristocratic social traditions.

And he helped spread a perception that Republican hegemony in the musical world represented both a cultural power and a moral authority that had to be contested. Moreover, by assigning political meanings to styles and to musical forms and genres, he would help make aesthetic legitimacy in music a political question. Finally, through his teachings, d'Indy would make the history of French music an integral part of French national history, and thus of the league's public pedagogy and propaganda. More than any other institution, then, it was to be the Schola Cantorum that would pull French music into the cultural war that had been aggressively launched by the nationalist leagues.

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