Die Kakophonie des Absoluten am Ende der Kunstperiode. Franz Grillparzers Der arme Spielmann.

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Franz Grillparzer's Der arme Spielmann may be considered as eschatological response to the artistic demands of Goethe's time. The "cacophonic" character of the fiddler's playing is an expression of his aesthetic ideas being at odds with his time. By evading the prevailing discourse and creating an alternative world of the absolute in music, the fiddler has an alienating effect, clarifying but also questioning the rules and values of his surroundings. A number of themes and motives, including rejection of the world, self-extinction, the unsuitability in relation to life and art, as well as exaggeration as an artistic device, point towards intrinsic similarities between Grillparzers narrative and Thomas Bernhards novel The Loser (Der Untergeher).
Original languageGerman
Title of host publicationDie Musik, das Leben und der Irrtum. Thomas Bernhard und die Musik : Studien zur Wertungsforschung
EditorsOtto Kolleritsch
Number of pages16
Place of PublicationWien/Graz
PublisherInstitut für Wertungsforschung
Publication date2000
ISBN (Print)3-7024-0257-8
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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