Adorno identifies three periods in Beethoven's work, arguing that the thematic unity of the first and second periods begins to break down in the third. Adorno follows this progressive disintegration of organic unity in the classical music of Beethoven and his contemporaries, linking it with the rationality and monopolistic nature of modern society.
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2. Music and Concept.
5. Form and the Reconstruction of Form.
7. Early and 'Classical' Phases.
8. Vers une analyse des symphonies. .
9. Late Style (I).
10. Late Work without Late Style.
11. Late Style (II).
12. Humanity and Demythologization.
Comparative Table of Fragments.
Thematic Summary of Contents.