Music and the Forms of Life (Hardcover)
The resulting changes in the conceptions of both life and music had wide cultural resonance at the time, and those concepts continued to evolve long after. A critical part of that evolution was a nineteenth-century shift in focus from moving androids to the projection of life in motion, culminating in the invention of cinema. Weaving together cultural and musical practices, Lawrence Kramer traces these developments through a collection of case studies ranging from classical symphonies to modernist projections of waltzing specters by Mahler and Ravel to a novel linking Bach's Goldberg Variations to the genetic code.
The publisher gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the AMS 75 PAYS Fund of the American Musicological Society, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Lawrence Kramer, Distinguished Professor at Fordham University, is the author of The Hum of the World and The Thought of Music (winner of the ASCAP Foundation Virgil Thomson Award for Outstanding Music Criticism), among many other books. He is an award-winning composer whose works have been performed internationally.