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Adorno: music and language – a fragment

This fragment was written in 1956. it is published in “[easyazon_link identifier=”B004VYF1A0″ locale=”US” tag=”mainacademicsite-20″]Quasi una Fantasia, Essays on Modern Music.” by Theodor W. Adorno[/easyazon_link]. (Translated by Rodney Livingstone), VERSO, London, New York. Adorno compares music and language, and also outlines a theory of modern aesthetics. Here is the text: “Music resembles a language. Expressions such as musical idiom, musical intonation, are not simply metaphors. But music is not identical with language. The resemblance points to something essential, but vague. Anyone who takes it literally will be seriously misled. Music resembles language in the sense that it is a temporal sequence...