Reception History and the Trauma of Real History: Decoding the Pantomime in Haydn's 'Farewell' Symphony

  • Kevin Korsyn University of Michigan
Keywords: Sigmund Freud, Joseph Haydn, Jacques Lacan, pantomime, politics, reception history, remembering and repetition, trauma, Slavoj Žižek

Abstract

Haydn’s incorporation of a pantomime into the finale of the “Farewell” Symphony constitutes as radical a violation of generic expectations as Beethoven’s introduction of a chorus in the Ninth Symphony, yet until now no one has analyzed this pantomime or decoded its meanings. The reception history of this piece suggests a paradoxical mixture of heightened historical recollection with a sort of willed amnesia.

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Author Biography

Kevin Korsyn, University of Michigan
Kevin KORSYN je profesor glasbene teorije na Michi- ganski univerzi. Njegova knjiga Razsrediščenje glasbe: kritika sodobnega glasbenega raziskovanja (OUP, 2003) je bila predmet kritičnih simpozijev v reviji Teorija in praksa kakor tudi v njegovih napovedanih Pristopih h glasbenemu raziskovanju: med prakso in epistemologijo. Za njegovo knjižno izdajo ga je nagradilo Društvo za glasbeno teorijo, Michigansko združenje upravnih odborov mu je podelilo Fakul- tetno priznanje za zasluge, bil pa je tudi izvoljen v Michigansko društvo sodelavcev leta 2003. Njegovi članki so bili natisnjeni v številnih vodilnih revijah, kot so JAMS, Music Theory Spectrum, Music Analysis, Beethoven Forum, Intégral, The Music Times, Theoria, Notes, in druge.
Published
2009-12-01
How to Cite
KorsynK. (2009). Reception History and the Trauma of Real History: Decoding the Pantomime in Haydn’s ’Farewell’ Symphony. Musicological Annual, 45(2), 143-158. https://doi.org/10.4312/mz.45.2.143-158
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