Revenge is a dish best served on a broken plate

Dag Gabrielsen
Does an artist create in a vacuum or is there more at stake in a work'sproduction than art for art's sake? A great deal has been written about The Riteof Spring by Igor Stravinsky and the atonal works of Arnold Schoenberg, much ofwhich has depicted their works as autonomous objects – objects that embodiedan inevitable step in a natural evolution of Western art music. This essayreconsiders these works not as the product of Hegelian evolution, but as socialacts of symbolic violence against
more » ... ence against cultural establishments in Saint Petersburg andVienna by two remarkably similar personalities. Following an overview of theirsocial and professional development, this essay considers primary sources onStravinsky and Schoenberg in light of recent psychological research on identity.The system of sign and myth outlined by semiologist Roland Barthes is thenbrought to bear on Stravinsky's Rite and Schoenberg's Erwartung to furtheranalyze conservative versus radical reception of these works. The essay concludes with a discussion of the concepts of cultural capital, symbolic violence and collective misrecognition proposed by the sociologist Pierre Bourdieu as they relate to theoretical and historical writing on Stravinsky and Schoenberg later in the twentieth-century.
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