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The dating of Seiber/Adorno papers held by the British Library

Evelyn Wilcock

Abstract

THE welcome publication by Nick Chadwick of Matyas Seiber's comments on Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno's jazz research proposal (the 'Expose') of January 1936 and their correspondence during the subsequent writing of Adorno's essay 'On Jazz' ('Uber Jazz') provides valuable insight into their co-operation. Seiber's assistance was publicly acknowledged by Adorno both in 1936 when he sent Seiber the proofs of the article, which included a full acknowledgement, and again in 1953 when Adorno defended himself against criticism of 'Uber Jazz' by the German jazz expert, Joachim Ernst Berendt. However, any appraisal of the extent to which Seiber infiuenced Adorno or persuaded him to moderate the views expressed in 'On Jazz' may be hampered by Chadwick's assumption that Seiber's comments on Adorno's jazz research proposal reached him only after 'On Jazz' had gone to press.

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