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

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  • Kevin Korsyn University of Michigan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4312/mz.45.2.143-158

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

01.12.2009

How to Cite

Korsyn, K. (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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