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On Late Style: Music and Literature Against the Grain #2019

On Late Style Music and Literature Against the Grain In his fascinating last book Edward Said looks at a selection of essays poems novels films and operas to determine what late style may explain about the evolution of the creative life He discusse

  • Title: On Late Style: Music and Literature Against the Grain
  • Author: Edward W. Said
  • ISBN: 9780375421051
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On Late Style: Music and Literature Against the Grain By Edward W. Said, In his fascinating last book, Edward Said looks at a selection of essays, poems, novels, films, and operas to determine what late style may explain about the evolution of the creative life He discusses how the approaching death of an artist can make its way with anachronism and anomaly into his work, as was the case in the late work of Thomas Mann, Richard Strauss, JeanIn his fascinating last book, Edward Said looks at a selection of essays, poems, novels, films, and operas to determine what late style may explain about the evolution of the creative life He discusses how the approaching death of an artist can make its way with anachronism and anomaly into his work, as was the case in the late work of Thomas Mann, Richard Strauss, Jean Genet, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, and C P Cavafy Said examines Beethoven s Missa Solemnis, Genet s Le captif amoureux and Les paravents, Mozart s Cosi fan tutte, Visconti s film of Lampedusa s The Leopard, Euripides The Bacchae and Iphigenia at Aulis, and Thomas Mann s Death in Venice, among other works He points out that one can also find an unearthly serenity, in last works, for example, in Sophocles, Shakespeare, Rembrandt, Matisse, Bach, and Wagner, which, as Said puts it, crown a lifetime of aesthetic endeavor But in On Late Style he concentrates on artistic lateness as intransigence, difficulty, and unresolved contradiction He also writes about Theodor Adorno and about Glenn Gould, who chose to stop performing, thereby creating his own form of lateness Said makes clear that most of the works discussed are rife with deep conflict and an almost impenetrable complexity In fact, he feels that lateness is often a form of exile These works frequently stood in direct contrast to what was popular at the time, but they were forerunners of what was to come in each artist s particular discipline works of true genius Eloquent and impassioned, brilliantly reasoned and revelatory, On Late Style is Edward Said s own great last work.

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    1. Edward Said, perhaps best known for Orientalism, one of the most recognized and important contributions to post colonial studies, wrote the essays in On Late Style shortly before his death The sense of lateness of mortality, of obsolescence permeates them, and they cover everything from the music of Strauss, Mozart, and Beethoven, to the political activism of Jean Genet, to Il Gattopardo as envisioned by both Lampedusa and Visconti In many ways, this is Said s last conversation with Theodor Ador [...]

    2. From 2010 reading I first read Said s On Late Style a few years ago, and returned to re read it in light of some recent publications What is lateness , as Said defines it Lateness as a concept is not necessarily restricted to an artists s late compositions, but is rather a condition Said challenges earlier definitions of lateness that focus on maturity and serenity, preferring rather to focus on style characterized by intransigence, difficulty, and unresolved contradiction Said takes his cue fr [...]

    3. Lateness is an interesting prism through which to critically view an artist s works I m familiar with lateness in Beethoven the way the late piano sonatas, for example, are structurally, thematically, quite odd and different compared to the others Maturity, senescence, decay, approaching death Death in Venice, which Said uses as one of his examples, is actually not a late work of Mann s, but the Britten opera based on it is a late work of Britten s These are separate essays previously published [...]

    4. Objective is the fractured landscape, subjective is the light in which alone it glows into life He the artist does not bring about their harmonious synthesis As the power of dissociation, he tears them apart in time, in order, perhaps, to preserve them for the eternal In the history of art late works are the catastrophes 160 This is the notion of late style that Said takes from Adorno and develops in his book On Late Style Unfortunately, Said died passed away before he could finish it the book i [...]

    5. I read this as a companion to Death by Water, which I realize now used this as a framing device in many ways Ngl, much of the music talk was over my head, but the chapters with Adorno and Genet were incredibly well written and formulated I m going to have to explore all the music that was discussed in this book, as I was unfamiliar with most of it.The basic premise is that Said is exploring the concept of Late Style, meaning the works authors composers produce at the end of their career that are [...]

    6. This is a posthumously published collection of essays He was in the process of writing this book when he passed away on September 25, 2003 according to the forward, written by his wife Mariam.The subject late style refers to works produced by artists, musicians and authors near the end of their lives Said has interesting things to observe, examine and discuss about these works, and what he finds is not the obvious reflections on mortality, the preciousness of life, fear of death, wondering about [...]

    7. It is as sam a as Said s valuable books, and I think we need to apply this great notion of lateness in our cultural productions in order to examine them profoundly by asking how books, or other sorts of culture s productions reflect our time and place s issues in one sense From another side, we have to investigate the validity of the works of the the writers who write at the late of their life inconsistently with their own previous work in terms of style, structure of the work, and themes as wel [...]

    8. I was initially unimpressed waiting for the oomph which exists in essays by Adorno and company and not finding it But this collection is remarkably lucid, and definitely worth a read based on its interesting ideas and its emphasis on belatedness It was very very late night reading for me, so I m afraid I can t do it justice but I was determined to give Mozart a try, after reading his essay on Cosi Fan Tutte The essay on Glenn Gould is, too, an incredible piece I think, with many observations on [...]

    9. For me, this is the seminal text of the last decade, on criticism The best thing about it No need to read Adorno to brush up on the late style theory After reading this book, you will want to lose yourself in the late Mozart operas, Richard Strauss, Cavafy, Glenn Gould recordings, di Lampedusa, Jean Genet, etc etc etc

    10. said s elegy to adorno and himself a couple of beautiful essays on glenn gould and adorno s concept of late style feels a bit patched together because it was, as said didn t finish it before he died.

    11. The chapter on Genet is the most helpful to my work for the other chapters I was just along for the have to take your word for it ride.

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