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Cultural Authority in the Age of WhitmanA Transatlantic Perspective$
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Gunter Leypoldt

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635740

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635740.001.0001

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The Music of America

The Music of America

(p.130) (p.131) Chapter 5 The Music of America
Cultural Authority in the Age of Whitman

Günter Leypoldt

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses American music, starting with the vague image of the poet as an Orphic singer. The next sections look at the ambiguities of the romantic metaphysics of music and the transcendentalist concepts of music. The chapter presents symphonic music as a language of the sublime, and addresses the question of the conventional distinctions between the ‘sacred’ and ‘secular’ forms. It identifies the features of American transcendentalist music discourse from its European influences, and then differentiates democratic and aristocratic music.

Keywords:   American music, Orphic singer, romantic metaphysics, transcendentalist concepts, symphonic music, music discourse, European influences, democratic music, aristocratic music

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