The Celebration of Beethoven's Bicentennial in 1970: The Antiauthoritarian Movement and Its Impact on Radical Avant-garde and Postmodern Music in West Germany

Kutschke, Beate
September 2010
Musical Quarterly;Sep2010, Vol. 93 Issue 3/4, p560
Academic Journal
The article discusses the antiauthoritarian movement of songwriter Ludwig van Beethoven's bicentennial in 1970 and its effect on postmodern music and radical avant-garde in West Germany. It is expected that the "Beethoven 1970" compositions may serve as the homage to Beethoven, the recognition of his authority, and the interest for the revived oeuvre. Meanwhile, the scholars contend that postmodern music was inspired by changes in musicians' attitudes towards the history of philosophy through the application of postmodernist concepts to music.


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