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organicism

[ȯr′gan·ə‚siz·əm]
(biology)
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At the very point where a conventional account of organicism might begin -- with Sullivan and the early works of Wright, Horta, Guimard and Gaudi -- the author concludes with an epilogue describing 'the loss of the spell' -- the replacement of Vitruvian organicism by a fundamentally different kind based on biological functionalism.
Chapter 3, "Organic Constitutions: History," is a tour de force that extends the application of Locke's empirical organicism to historical discourse by contrasting teleological and "purposive" idealist designs of history with an approach governed by "circumspect empirical curiosity" (68).
With this final focus upon unpredictable change and excess, the book recalls how far Gigante moves from earlier models of organicism. This provocative, fascinating, and beautifully written study deserves our careful attention both for its subtle and powerful uses of history and its claim to transform the future of Romantic studies.
Any potential lack of organicism is overcome by the principle of selection; there is a relatively small number of global themes that explain the inclusion of the essays reprinted.
His resistance to organicism, however, is a much more central matter.
Yet although Kerman encourages a more analytical bent in musicology, he also notes that there are many musical traditions that are not fully illuminated by the traditional German analytic traditions of organicism. He illustrates this point through an analysis of Robert Schumann's Dichterliebe, an analysis demonstrating that an attention to aspects neglected by organicism - surface detail, text, and historical context - is essential to a comprehensive understanding of the piece.
Organicism is denied, and oppositions are not resolved.
His work is animated by the tensions created by its dichot-omies--between knowingness and innocence, grandeur and intimacy, constructivism and organicism, immediacy and monumentality, neo-expressionism and neo-geo, a traditionalist's love of oil paint with an assemblagist's resort to vernacular materials (bread, foil, glitter).
Thus, despite the way in which chaos is set up as anti-organicism, it could easily be taken as a contemporary form of organicism (321), as the myth of the butterfly effect demonstrates.
On the one hand, this function demonstrates Mendelssohn's subscription to a central tenet of nineteenth-century theories of organicism. On the other, it makes evident a fundamental concept common to the three otherwise remarkably disparate symphonies Mendelssohn chose to publish (the C minor, the 'Lobgesang' and the 'Scottish') and lacking in the two posthumously published ones (the 'Italian' and the 'Reformation').
Hoffmann (1810) to Walter Engelsmann (1940) in which the first movement is explained "as a congeries of intricately linked musical ideas" (i.e., the principle of organicism) and a pithy yet incisive critique of Heinrich Schenker's reduction analysis of the movement (1912), which reveals "a deeper skeletal structure that gives shape and foundation to the myriad of details of the movement" (p.
Among the earliest works are four oils on canvas from 1953, which show Pape mixing the geometric with a vivid organicism and relate broadly to the developing interests of the Concretismo movement.