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5 Adorno and Reified Time

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Adorno remains the Marxist who has made the greatest contribution to aesthetics, especially in relation to music. Musical time is connected to real time, but like other aspects of the external world that find their way into works of art, it has been transfigured aesthetically. Bergson's formulations on the spatialisation of time had become an influential reference point for many thinkers and artists of the modernist heyday of the early part of the twentieth century. Adorno is of course well-known as a leading advocate of musical modernism, having had a close association with the Second Viennese School of composers led by Arnold Schoenberg, one of whom, Alban Berg, was for a time his composition teacher. For Zuckerkandl, there is a dialectical relationship between meter and rhythm, one in which the restrictions imposed by meter on rhythm have the productive effect of enhancing the rhythmic power of music.

Keywords: Adorno; Arnold Schoenberg; Marxist; musical modernism; musical time; rhythm; Zuckerkandl



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