The Dahlhaus Project
and Its Extra-Musicological Sources
About the Author:
- Born 1946
- American musicologist
- Received Masters and PhD in Music History from Harvard
- Professor at Yale since 1999
- Many publications in music journals
- Link to Yale Faculty info
Background Info Needed:
- societal analysis
- class relations
- uses interpretation of historical development
- inspired by German philosophers
- arts were "phantoms formed in the human brain... They have no history, no development."
- Dahlhaus was not a fan.
Theodor Adorno's Aesthetic Theory (Germany, 1970)
- concerned with relations between art and society
- art has a role in societal commentary
- Dahlhaus admired him, which was conflicting since Dahlhaus tried to stay away from societal connections
- Dahlhaus adapts Adorno's concepts without accepting their sociological vocabulary
Hans Robert Jauss
- German academic
- Reception Theory (emphasizes the reader's reception of a literary text)
- French Literature
- Jauss' work had a deep impression on Dahlhaus' work
- German philosopher
- magnum opus Truth and Method on hermenuetics
- Gadamer's view of working within an established tradition is used by Dahlhaus
- established tradition includes positive presence of history of effects of individual works and a canon of facts and works given to us
About the Article
Why was this written?
- Dahlhaus' book could alter horizon of english language musicology
- "book isn't self-explanatory"
- "oblique prose"
- occasional errors of factual detail