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Virtuosi: A Defense and a (Sometimes Erotic) Celebration of Great Pianists
Vigorous, opinionated, and always entertaining, here is a personal essayist of great charm and sincerity. Throughout, Mr. Mitchell's prose is humorous, intimate, and unapologeticaly polemical. The artistic merit of performers with superior technique has long been almost ipso facto denied. At last, Mark Mitchell launches a counterattack.
This book offers a novel interpretation of the sudden and steep decline of instrumental virtuosity in its critical reception between c. That is why music, newly reconceived as radically abstract and autonomous, plays such an important part in the philosophy of early German Romantics such as E. Hoffmann, Schelling, and Schopenhauer, with their growing misgivings about the very possibility of human freedom, and not so much in the preceding generation of thinkers, such as Kant and Hegel, who still believed in the transcendentally free subject of the Enlightenment. For the early German Romantics, music becomes a model of human freedom, if freedom could exist. By contrast, virtuosity, irredeemably moored in the perishable human body, ephemeral, and beholden to such base motives as making money and gaining fame, is not only incompatible with music thus conceived, but also threatens to expose it as an illusion, in other words, as irreducibly corporeal, and, by extension, the human subject it was meant to symbolise as likewise an illusion.
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