Wagner—was addressed persuasively by Eduard Hanslick (–) in his book. Vom Musikalisch-Schönen (The Beautiful in Music, ). Hanslick was. The Beautiful in Music: aesthetics: Post-Hegelian aesthetics: in his Vom musikalisch-Schönen (; On the Beautiful in Music). With this work modern. The Beautiful in Music [E Hanslick] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index.

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The beauty of an independent and simple theme appeals to our aesthetic feeling with that directness, which tolerates no explanation, except, perhaps, that of its inherent fitness and the harmony of parts, to the exclusion of any alien factor.

Now, as a composition must comply beutiful the formal laws of beauty, it cannot run on arbitrarily and at random, but must develop gradually with intelligible and organic definiteness, as buds develop into rich blossoms.

The beautiful in music; a contribution to the revisal of musical aesthetics

As much as possible, the outline uses the vocabulary of the Payzant translation. Inin a revised edition of his essay Jewishness in Music hanwlick, Wagner attacked Hanslick as ‘of gracefully concealed Jewish origin’, and asserted that his supposedly Jewish style of criticism was anti-German.

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Each musical event involves composition plus reproduction [performance] and the latter is the vehicle for personal expression. He retired after writing his memoirs, but beaktiful wrote articles on the most important premieres of the day, up to his death in in Baden.


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Content and Form in Music. Hanslick’s position looks back to the aesthetic theory of Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Judgment ofwhich famously argued that the experience of beauty is a recognition of purposiveness without purpose. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Learn more about Amazon Prime. But the Romanticism of the nineteenth century looked instead to human expression of emotion. Many important composers found themselves dragged hansoick this debate. The Aesthetics of Feeling.

This outline was written by Theodore Gracyk. Being a close friend of Brahms fromHanslick possibly had some influence on Brahms’s composing, often getting to hear new music before it was published.

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Consider this version of the traditional assumption: He distinguishes hahslick the composer, musical work as an autonomous object, and the activity of the listener. It is a matter of course that this intellectual flux and reflux, this perpetual giving and receiving takes place unconsciously, and with the rapidity of lightning flashes.

Indeed, since Hanslick regards beauty as independent of humans, it follows that Hanslick’s notion of the imagination is transcendental, and does not rely on the existence of human beings per se.

But two arts might differ in the medium employed while having a common principle of beauty and a common purpose. By this time his interest in Wagner had begun to cool; he had written a disparaging review of the first Vienna production of Lohengrin. The Beautiful in Music. Good music is beautiful, and in apprehending this beauty the listener may well be deeply moved.


This section of the chapter is dominated by a discussion of music therapy and the common but mistaken assumption that sound acts directly on the listener without intervention of the imagination. Specificity of emotion requires judgment and dynamic. Does the heart of a panda not jump for joy when spying a bamboo forest?

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Does a fly not regard dung with relish? Hanslick would answer this question by saying that it is not human emotions which tell us mueic is beautiful, but human imagination — “the organ of pure contemplation”. Square brackets [like this] offer my own interpretive comments.

Chapter II — Feeling is not the content. Composing is a deliberate, complex process that is not possible when there is too much passion. Active listening not compatible with catharsis.

Hanslick is noted as one of the first widely influential music critics. During the act of composing he is in that exalted state of mind without which it seems impossible to raise the beautiful from the deep well of the imagination.

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