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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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Failing the Silver Age

Failing the Silver Age

1861 to 1901

(p.68) Chapter 3 Failing the Silver Age

Michael H. Kater

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the failure of Weimar's denizens to lift the town into a Silver Age in the second half of the nineteenth century. It first looks at some of the achievements of the period between 1861 and 1901, including the creation of the first master classes for piano ever by Franz Liszt, the ascent of Richard Strauss, and the anticipation of German Impressionism by members of the painters' academy. It then considers several developments in Germany that rendered the Weimar style of painting more mature; the decline in Weimar's music, theater, and literature after Strauss's departure; and the emergence of a Goethe cult that revered the late Johann Wolfgang Goethe. Finally, it examines Weimar's transition to political conservatism.

Keywords:   painting, Weimar, Silver Age, Franz Liszt, Richard Strauss, Impressionism, painters' academy, Germany, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, political conservatism

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