Paradigma Finalproblem? Perspektiven einer "Problemgeschichte des Komponierens"

Wegner, Sascha (2019). Paradigma Finalproblem? Perspektiven einer "Problemgeschichte des Komponierens". In: Wegner, Sascha; Kraemer, Florian (eds.) Schließen – Enden – Aufhören. Musikalische Schlussgestaltung als Problem in der Musikgeschichte (pp. 21-61). München: edition text + kritik

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With the term "Finalproblem" (problem of finale) the music sociologist Paul Bekker at the beginning of the 20th century sought to characterize a general problem of composition in the just past 19th century. In particular, he was concerned with the symphony between Beethoven and Mahler. Bekker's approach is at the centre of a historiographical paradigm which, as an implicit as well as explicit "problem history of composing" (as in the case of Carl Dahlhaus, for example), shows a specific consequence for the German-speaking academic view of music and music historiography. In other words: What does it actually mean when we speak of a problem history of composing? And what role does the Finalproblem play? The paper examines various stages in the development of a methodologically established problem historiography before discussing the significance of a problem history of composing and its consequences for the music historiographical discourse. Finally, the historiographical problems and perspectives of the compositional design of musical finale, which appear to be condensed in the term "Finalproblem", are subjected to a critical revision.

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06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Musicology

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Wegner, Sascha


700 Arts > 780 Music




edition text + kritik




Sascha Wegner

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22 Feb 2021 14:29

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05 Dec 2022 15:43

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ISBN eBook: 978-3-86916-997-2




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