Synopses & Reviews
Filling a significant gap in contemporary cultural studies, "Musical Elaborations" examines the intersection of the public and private meaning of music. Incorporating the music criticism of Adorno, musical ideas from literary works by Proust, and criticism by Benjamin and de Man into his work, noted critic Edward W. Said discusses performers such as Glenn Gould, Arturo Toscanini, and Alfred Brendel and such composers as Beethoven, Wagner, and Strauss.
Music does not have meaning in the same way that words do, but it is not meaningless. Music can evoke powerful emotions, feelings, and memories in every listener. It has private meaning. When one attends or performs a concert, there is a new-public-aspect to our private music. Edward Said examines the intersection of the public and private meaning of music in this brilliant new book.