The lectures Adorno gave at Kranichstein between 1955 and 1966 provide an invaluable elaboration and clarification of his thinking on New Music, and in particular on his interpretation of Schoenbergs early works. Wieland Hobans excellent translation does a great service to this magnificent scholarly edition edited by Klaus Reichert and Michael Schwartz of the T. W. Adorno Archive. Its publication in English is of great significance for our understanding of Adornos influential ideas at a key period in twentieth-century music. Max Paddison, Durham University This book demonstrates the contribution of one of the twentieth centurys most important thinkers to a pivotal moment in avant-garde composition. Darmstdter Echo With a high level of theoretical reflection and exceptional skills in technical composition, Adorno succeeded in mediating critical social theory and radical aesthetics. Opernwelt Adornos lectures show just how lucid and engaging a thinker he can be. These fluently translated lectures and discussions complement his published works on modern music. They offer accessible analysis of works by Schoenberg and others, as well as philosophically informed reflections on the challenges faced by composers, performers and listeners who take music seriously as a response to the modern world. Andrew Bowie, Royal Holloway University of London, and author of Adorno and the Ends of Philosophy
Theodor W. Adorno (19031969), a prominent member of the Frankfurt School, was one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century in the areas of social theory, philosophy and aesthetics.
Overview Lecture Courses The Young Schoenberg (1955) Schoenbergs Counterpoint (1956) Criteria of New Music (1957) Vers une musique informelle (1961) The Function of Colour in Music (1966) Notes for the Lectures Editors Notes Editors Afterword Index