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2 Things To Take From From Max Horkheimer and Theodore Adorno

I came across Max Horkheimer and Theodore Adorno last year when I was taking a module focusing on an introduction to theory  and I was instantly taken with what they had to offer. 479 more words


Counterpoint: Mystifying or demystifying?

I’m currently reading David Yearsley’s very thorough and quite fascinating book Bach and the Meanings of Counterpoint. The second chapter, on alchemy raises some very interesting questions. 883 more words


Journalism and Theory Post 1: Culturalism

One theory in culturalism that I find the most intriguing is that of Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, which they outlined in, “Dialectic of Enlightenment”, more specifically the chapter, “The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception”. 373 more words


The Impact of the Musical Elements on Form

My yearly lecture on the relationship of the elements of music and musical form took a different approach this year. The lecture began by playing a number of examples taken from the current UK top 10 – that adhere to ‘the rule of 4′ (where the verse and chorus consist of multiples of 2/4): These songs included ‘All About the Bass’ by Meghan Trainor, ‘All of Me’ by John Legend, ‘I’m Not the Only One’ by Sam Smith and ‘Bang Bang’ by Jessie J. 364 more words

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Welcome Ebola Hysteria: the More the Better

The general hysteria whipped up by the popular media is rather comical to behold at times. Why, asked one journalist, if ebola is not spread by airborne particles, do workers wear full protective headgear? 467 more words

Nietzsche on Brahms plus Hegel looks forward to A German Requiem

It’s odd to look into a book on Brahms and the German Spirit and not find either Nietzsche or Hegel represented there. I like much of what Daniel Beller-McKenna has to say and his careful examination  of Wilhelm Furtwängler’s 1933 Brahms address was especially useful. 2,060 more words

Philosophy And Philosophers

"It’s being aware of what it means to lose oneself before being completely abandoned." - Schumann's Fantasia in C Major

Have you read Adorno on Schumann’s Fantasia in C Major? He talks of his twilight. It’s not Schumann bereft of reason, but just before. 109 more words