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Subject: Adorno on "Opera's True Object"
From: Genevieve Castle Room <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Genevieve Castle Room <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 1 Nov 2016 22:19:54 -0400

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Any reaction to this essay by Adorno?

Do you think his prose could be vaporous and go way over the top or do you
basically agree with him on this topic?


>Adorno’s final major essay on gramophony, *Opera and the Long-Playing
Record*, published in Der Spiegel in 1969, places the gramophone as
the 'optimal' presentation of opera, providing 'a concentration on music as
the true object of opera. Shorn of phony hoopla, the LP simultaneously
frees itself from the capriciousness of fake opera festivals.' He says
awaken to a second life in the wondrous dialogue with the lonely and
perceptive listeners, hibernating for purposes unknown'.... This 'théorique
immersion' implies gramophony as re-presentation of an ideal scene — one in
which the 'force and intensity that had been worn threadbare in the opera
house' was recaptured, and the preclusion of optical stimuli, that he
proclaimed 'must be subordinated to the primacy of music,' was guaranteed.


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