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In Making Light Raymond Knapp traces the musical legacy of German Idealism as it led to the declining prestige of composers such as Haydn while influencing the development of American popular music in the nineteenth century. Knapp identifies in Haydn and in early popular American musical cultures such as minstrelsy and operetta a strain of high camp—a mode of engagement that relishes both the superficial and serious aspects of an aesthetic experience—that runs antithetical to German Idealism's musical paradigms. By considering the disservice done to Haydn by German Idealism alongside the emergence of musical camp in American popular music, Knapp outlines a common ground: a humanistically based aesthetic of shared pleasure that points to ways in which camp receptive modes might rejuvenate the original appeal of Haydn's music that has mostly eluded audiences. In so doing, Knapp remaps the historiographical modes and systems of critical evaluation that dominate musicology while troubling the divide between serious and popular music.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Musical Examples
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xix
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  1. About the Companion Website
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  1. Part I | Approaching the Absolute
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  1. 1 | Idealizing Music
  2. pp. 3-50
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  1. Part II | Haydn’s Difference
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  1. 2 | Entertaining Possibilities in Haydn’s Symphonies
  2. pp. 53-99
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  1. 3 | Haydn, the String Quartet, and the (D)evolution of the Chamber Ideal
  2. pp. 101-133
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  1. Part III | New World Dualities
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  1. 4 | Popular Music contra German Idealism: Anglo-American Rebellions from Minstrelsy to Camp
  2. pp. 137-219
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  1. 5 | “Popular Music” qua German Idealism: Authenticity and Its Outliers
  2. pp. 221-252
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  1. 6 | Musical Virtues and Vices in the Latter-Day New World
  2. pp. 253-277
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  1. Appendix A | More Extended Musical Examples
  2. pp. 279-292
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  1. Appendix B | Listing of Video Examples from Films
  2. pp. 293-294
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 295-341
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 343-366
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 367-380
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780822372400
Related ISBN
9780822369356
MARC Record
OCLC
1048190529
Launched on MUSE
2018-09-19
Open Access
Yes
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