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Visible Deeds of Music: Art and Music from Wagner to Cage

Simon Shaw-Miller


This book explores the relationship between music and the visual arts in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, focusing on the modernist period. Reassessing the work of composers and artists such as Richard Wagner, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Josef Matthias Hauer, and John Cage, it argues that despite modernism's advocacy of media purity and separation, the boundaries between art and music were permeable at this time, as they have been throughout history. The author begins by discussing the place of Wagner's music and ideas at the time of the birth of modernism, presenting Wagner's aesthe ... More

Keywords: art and music, modernist period, composers, artists, Richard Wagner, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Josef Matthias Hauer, modernism, media purity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780300083743
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300083743.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Shaw-Miller, author