Nietzsche's Orphans: Music, Metaphysics, and the Twilight of the Russian Empire

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$127.20
Publisher
Yale University Press
Publish Date
Pages
336
Dimensions
6.3 X 9.4 X 1.1 inches | 1.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780300208894

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About the Author

Rebecca Mitchell is assistant professor of history at Middlebury College. She lives in Vermont.

Reviews

"Modernity fragments, but music unites: such is the thesis of this haunting, provocative book. Highlighting Scriabin, Rachmaninoff and the Medtner brothers, Mitchell examines those intense pre-Bolshevik decades when Russian musicians and music-lovers drew on Schopenhauer, Soloviev, and the youthful Nietzsche to elevate and harmonize their homeland. Their 'musical metaphysics' promised apocalyptic synthesis. Like Orpheus, all was soon dismembered."--Caryl Emerson, Princeton University--Caryl Emerson
"In this fascinating and poignant analysis of a nation's search for its musical and cultural destiny, Rebecca Mitchell is a shrewd but sympathetic guide through the dizzying optimism, haunting self-doubt and finally, the despair of Russia's cultured elite as the spectre of revolution first stalked, then overwhelmed, their country."--Pauline Fairclough, University of Bristol--Pauline Fairclough
"A fascinating and deeply informed study of how cultural elites in late imperial Russia invested music with salvific power -- of how 'musical metaphysics' formed their worldview and shaped their search for meaning in the midst of crisis, war, and revolution."--Randall A. Poole, The College of St. Scholastica--Randall Poole
Won the 2016 W. Bruce Lincoln Book Prize given by the Association for Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies.--W. Bruce Lincoln Book Prize "ASEEES" (10/12/2016 12:00:00 AM)