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A Break With the Past
Transcript of A Break With the Past
The primacy of reason.
Shift toward Cultural relativism. Consistent Similarities 20th century Both periods shared: The desire to “make it new.”
The infiltration of the popular.
The use of recording technology for production.
The performance as event. Anti-clerical.
Deism. With reason, the world could be made perfect. Philosophers:
Voltaire = through reason, world can be perfected.
Rousseau = distrusted monarchy, religion, appealed to emotion. Some Characteristics of Romanticism Appeal to Folk Art. Favored simplicity and nature. Primacy of emotion. Move toward veneration of the masses. Retreat to medievalism. Introduction of Gothic romance. Rise of the importance of individualism. Industrial revolution. Adherence to master narratives.
Primacy of Newtonian mechanics.
Theory of unified self.
Conception of Linear time.
Power of logic. Remember:
Fragmentation, subversion, decentering. Non-linear conception of time.
Uncertainty of knowledge.
Fragmented self. One example of a break with the past = 1913, Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring." Works Referred: Enlightenment:
Brians, Paul. "The Enlightenment." The Enlightenment. Washington State University, 18 May 2000. Web. 29 Jan. 2013.
Brians, Paul. "Romanticism." Romanticism. Washington State University, 17 Dec. 1998. Web. 29 Jan. 2013.
"Modernism in Music: Four Characteristics." National University of Singapore. 29 Jan. 2013.
Hutcheon, Linda. A Poetics of Postmodernism: History, Theory, Fiction. New York: Routledge, 1988.