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Expression in Adorno's Aesthetic Theory

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Front cover THE UNIVERSITY OF EAST AGLIA EXPRESSION IN ADORNO’S AESTHETIC THEORY Thesis submitted for the degree of MMus by Research Lelia Heringer Salles [2009] ‘This copy of the dissertation has been supplied on condition that anyone who consults it is understood to recognise that its copyright rests with the author and that no quotation from the dissertation, nor any information derived there from, may be published without the author’s prior, written consent.’ © Lelia Heringer Salles ABSTRACT The present research examines Adorno’s notion of expression and its relation to arts and music in Aesthetic Theory. It investigates his dialectics between subject and object in relation to his critique of reason and natural beauty fundamental for Adorno’s comprehension of expression as suffering that influences his notion of the musical material revealing the importance of music for the individual and society. To Josyra Sampaio, Joao e Anajulia Salles. TABLE OF CONTENTS Acknowledgements …………………………………………………………. v Chapter 1: Introduction …………………………………………………. 6 1.1 General considerations …………………………………….…... 6 1.2 Aesthetic Theory ………………………………………………. 10 1.3 Methodology ……………………………………….…………... 15 Chapter 2: Expression in Aesthetic Theory ………………………..…... 19 Chapter 3: Expression in Philosophy of Modern Music ………………. 34 Chapter 4: Conclusion …………………………………………………… 49 Bibliography ……………………………………………………………… 53 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I sincerely acknowledge the patience and support of my supervisor, Jonathan Impett, and encouraging meetings under the supervision of Garry Hagberg, whose support was almost a ‘metaphysical experience.’ Many thanks for the Professor Peter Holtslag for his init

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