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Title: ‘Looking out for the Horizon’. The music of Gustav Mahler in the light of the theory of the aesthetic of reception by Hans Robert Jauss
Authors: Mika, Bogumiła
Keywords: Hans Robert Jauss
Gustav Mahler
musical reception
horizon of expectations
genre
symphony
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Katedra Muzykologii, Wydawnictwo Naukowe PTPN, Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM
Citation: Interdisciplinary Studies in Musicology 13, 2013, pp. 189-202
Abstract: The theory of the aesthetic of reception proposed by Jauss in the fi eld of literature can be applied to research into the reception of the music of Gustav Mahler. In creating his symphonies ‘with every means of accessible technique’, the composer achieved what might be described as a reinterpretation of the conception of selected genres. In this way he disturbed the traditional ‘horizon of expectations’ of the potential audience, and signifi cantly distanced himself from it. The most important consequence of this was the lack of understanding of his music by a section of his contemporary audience. Mahler justifi ed the rightness of his own creative intuition with the famous sentence ‘my time will come’. In her article the author presents the fundamental theses of Jauss’s aesthetic of reception relating to his understanding of the ‘horizon of expectations’. She also indicates the manner in which Mahler distanced himself from that ‘horizon’, and how in individual symphonies he contributed to the expansion and reinterpretation of conceptions of genres which had previously been based on knowledge shared by the composer and the listener.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10593/14100
ISSN: 1734-2406
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