Music a Survey of Culture Research Paper

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Since the valuation of a God had been essentially devaluated, what was to be the source of revaluation in the modern world? No answer could satisfy Ives, for his society saw no return to the societal standards and beliefs of the age of Bach, which gave explicit valuation to all things, especially music -- as seen in Bach's mastering of counterpoint. Schoenberg's inverted counterpoint is the antithesis of that old world Germanic culture -- and it is no surprise that Schoenberg settled in America -- all things being equal, and, in a sense, equally meaningless.

In conclusion, what was once considered light and understood, orthodox, hierarchical, and whole -- in terms of both Western culture and Western classical music in the time of Bach -- had, by the time of Ives and Schoenberg, drifted into a kind of relativistic self-importance/self-worthlessness that had no moorings whatsoever. Notes and
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attitudes shifted without purpose -- only so as to be heard, or vented, in a sense. The discipline and exacting technique of Brahms -- who represented the apex of classical Romanticism in music -- found relief in the melodic and harmonic counterpoint of Bach and the elevated rhythms of Beethoven. Yet, to the distress of Dvorak, Brahms' unbelief was a sad sign of what was to come for all Europe -- with war on the horizon and unanswered questions to follow.

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Barker, Dan. "Brahms the Freethinker." Works Without Faith. 17 May 2007. Web. 25

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Heiner, Stephen. Interview with Bp. Williamson. 1 October 2006. Web. 25 March

2011.

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