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Repetition in Schubert and Heidegger: The Relationship between Being and Recurrence

Repetition in Schubert and Heidegger: The Relationship between Being and Recurrence

The problems of the comparison between Schubert and Beethoven are well-documented in Schubert scholarship. More recently, in an effort to discuss Schubert’s music on its own terms, an alternative lexicon has been developed to discuss his music and has become increasingly prevalent in Schubert criticism. This is especially noticeable in the work of commentators such as Burnham, Dunsby, Perrey, and Taylor. However, its roots would appear to lie considerably further back, much of the terminology first appearing in Adorno’s 1928 essay on Schubert. Whilst some aspects of the essay can undoubtedly be considered particularly compelling, others are less helpful for a nuanced understanding of Schubert’s musical processes.

One area in which Adorno’s view is less helpful musically is when considering Schubert’s use of repetition. This paper is going to look at repetition in Schubert’s String Quartet in A minor, D. 804. Accepting Adorno’s understanding of repetition as inherently problematic, this paper suggests an alternative way of understanding repetition in Schubert’s music philosophically, using the work of Martin Heidegger. The paper will aim to look at repetition as a valid concept in its own right, questioning the idea that repetition and development cannot occur simultaneously. It will use Heidegger’s philosophy of Being to further understanding of repetition in a musical context and it is hoped that this will provide a means for understanding repetition in a way that allows repetition to be seen as a valid musical mechanism with significant philosophical consequences.
Period15 Jan 201616 Jan 2016
Event typeConference
LocationDublin, United KingdomShow on map