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Korngold and His World$
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Daniel Goldmark and Kevin C. Karnes

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691198293

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691198293.001.0001

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Acoustic Space, Modern Interiority, and Korngold’s Cities

Acoustic Space, Modern Interiority, and Korngold’s Cities

(p.67) Acoustic Space, Modern Interiority, and Korngold’s Cities
Korngold and His World

Sherry Lee

Sadie Menicanin

Princeton University Press

This chapter considers Erich Korngold's multifaceted creative engagement with the delineation of distinctive acoustic spaces. It describes an “Age of Noise” in Vienna, within a modernizing environment which would influence a young Korngold. Indeed, Korngold lived his whole life in modern urban environments. His aesthetic output, and indeed, the listening experience of his audiences who lived and heard within those same spaces, have been shaped in many ways by the conditions of twentieth-century metropolitan life in all its acoustic complexity. This facet of Korngold's world, the inevitable resonance of sonic modernity within the spaces of modern identity, compounds the critical challenge to both the composer's own ostensible naïveté and his music's apparent political neutrality.

Keywords:   noise, acoustic spaces, modern identity, sonic modernity, modern urban environments, Erich Korngold

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