am 8. November 2001
Often misunderstood, often misinterpreted, often abused: So is Adornos philosophy of the new music. Presented via its to protagonists, Arnold Schoenberg and Igor Stravinsky, Adornos manages to present his difficult and controversial idea of the musical materials historical imperative. The reader should not be put off by the form, extremely long sentences and a concentration af ideas often overwhelming, but rather try to let Adornos enthusiasm take its effect and then read the book again and perhaps again once more allowing his ideas to become still clearer.
And so it will be evident that the book is not so much a speech for or against either Schoenberg or Stravinsky but rather a study of these two composers' - according to Adorno the two must talented of their generation - way of dealing with the material, a process leading to defeat are you doing "the right thing" or adjusting to circumstances, so Adorno comtemplates.