A few weeks after the reunification of Germany, Leonard Bernstein raised his baton above the ruins of the Berlin Wall and conducted a special arrangement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. The central statement of the work, that ""all men will be brothers,"" captured the sentiment of those who saw a brighter future for the newly reunited nation. This now-iconic performance is a palpable example of ""musical monumentality"" - a significant concept which underlies our cultural and ideological understanding of Western art music since the nineteenth-century. Although the concept was first raised in th
Introduction : perspectives on musical monumentality The time of musical monuments Musical apotheoses Sounding souvenirs Classical values Collective historia Faustian descents Epilogue : Beethoven's Ninth at the Wall.
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