Author Archives: Vassilis Lambropoulos

The alienated philosopher: Adorno on Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis

By making failure the redemption of success, Adorno damned all classical music. Only Missa Solemnis resisted his prophetic fury. Adorno resented Beethoven’s Missa (1819-23), op. 123, because he could not fit it into his grand narrative of “late style,” of … Continue reading

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Deleuze’s concept of assemblage in Greek Studies

I have been reading with special interest and profit very recent, published and unpublished, work by scholars in various disciplines who approach different sites, periods, and aspects of Greek culture by activating the major Deleuzian concept of assemblage. Since I too … Continue reading

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Franz Liszt’s services to artistic sacralization

Franz Liszt (1811-86) is a pivotal cultural figure in that the entire formation of classical music as a public institution can be traced just through his career, an inescapably central nexus in the sacralization of high art. Everything that has … Continue reading

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The emergence of Listening as a practice in the early 19th century

I have always been very interested in the disciplinary regimes of artistic production (such as the arts) and the hermeneutical control of their explication (such as the readings of arts). I have published an entire book on literary interpretation as … Continue reading

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The concerto as ‘Bildungsroman’

Rachmaninov’s 3rd Piano Concerto (1909) can be interpreted by both soloist and listener as a supreme Bildungsroman. I become fully aware of this approach when I watch the possessed Daniil turning the concerto into a bravura self-formation. He is enacting … Continue reading

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My auto-bibliographical trajectory [in Greek]

“Books by the bedside”/Βιβλία στο προσκέφαλο is a monthly full-page column in the eminent Greek daily Η Εφημερίδα των Συντακτών where writers “leaf through their ‘autobiographical’ bibliography” to present books that have had a major impact on them.  I am grateful to the … Continue reading

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The friend as teacher

These days many people I respect are arguing that in 2017 we will have an urgent need for old and new friends.  This appeal to a renewed fraternity brings to my mind dear friends, like my “other self.” I never call Pantelis by … Continue reading

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