To imitate all that is hidden. The place of mimesis in Adorno’s theory of musical performance

The article examines the use of the concept of mimesis in Adorno’s notes towards a theory of musical performance. In trying to idiosyncratically define the latter as “reproduction”, Adorno relied on a framework elaborati
The article examines the use of the concept of mimesis in Adorno’s notes towards a theory of musical performance. In trying to idiosyncratically define the latter as “reproduction”, Adorno relied on a framework elaborating on concepts introduced by Arnold Schoenberg, Hugo Riemann and Walter Benjamin – a framework that the article discusses insofar as it deals with the problem of mimesis. Specific attention is devoted to the relation between Benjamin’s essays on language and translation and Adorno’s theory of notation, that soon became the crucial aspect of his theory of reproduction. Given the shortcomings of Adorno’s theory, which in the end did not achieve its goals, the article proposes to capitalize on his terminology while at the same time rethinking his framework in the light of recent musicological paradigms for the study of musical performance. On the whole, the article shows that it was Adorno’s philosophical assumptions – in particular the theses of music’s non-intentionality and of its non-similarity to language – that prevented him from convincingly theorizing musical performance, and suggests an alternative framework for future research.
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Author:Alessandro Cecchi
URN:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30:3-568048
URL:https://oajournals.fupress.net/index.php/aisthesis/article/view/923
DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.13128/Aisthesis-2091
ISSN:2035-8466
Parent Title (German):Aisthesis
Publisher:Università degli studi di Firenze, Seminario Permanente di Estetica
Place of publication:Firenze
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2017/07/11
Date of first Publication:2017/07/11
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2020/11/10
Tag:Theodor W. Adorno; Walter Benjamin; mimesis; musical performance
Volume:10
Issue:1
Pagenumber:80
First Page:131
Last Page:138
HeBIS PPN:47358347X
Institutes:Gesellschaftswissenschaften
Philosophie
Institut für Sozialforschung (IFS)
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophie und Psychologie
300 Sozialwissenschaften
Sammlungen:Universitätspublikationen
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0

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