One Be a Musician Without Being German?
by Alexander Rehding
Berthold Hoeckner. Programming
the Absolute: Nineteenth-Century German Music and the Hermeneutics of
the Moment. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002. xix, 364pp.
All modern music begins with C , as Wagner pointed out, with the first
chromatic note of the Eroica Symphony. And it ends with another C , as
Thomas Mann argued, with the subtle chromatic inflection at the return
of the Arietta in Beethoven's op.111. Between these two Beethovenian
C s unfolds the story of German music, whose story Berthold Hoeckner tells
in his Programming the Absolute.