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Michael H Kater

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300170566

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300170566.001.0001

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Promising the Silver Age

Promising the Silver Age

1832 to 1861

(p.39) Chapter 2 Promising the Silver Age

Michael H. Kater

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Weimar's Silver Age between 1832 and 1861, which followed the death of Johann Wolfgang Goethe. It first looks at smaller figures who filled the space left by Goethe, particularly his long-time secretary Johann Peter Eckermann, who was surrounded by Goethe's younger contemporaries such as Friedrich Wilhelm Riemer, Friedrich Preller, and Ludwig Schorn. It then considers Weimar's culture, focusing on operas, concerts, science, and scholarship. It also examines the initiatives of Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna and her son, Carl Alexander, to revive Weimar's intellectual life and to make the city great again. In addition, the chapter describes Weimar's physical appearance and socio-demographics before concluding by discussing Franz Liszt's contributions to the culture of Weimar, mainly in his capacity as music director.

Keywords:   culture, Weimar, Silver Age, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, operas, concerts, Maria Pavlovna, Carl Alexander, intellectual life, Franz Liszt

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