“Like Hanslick, Professor Payzant is both musician and philosopher; and he has brought the knowledge and insights of both disciplines to this large undertaking. Eduard Hanslick on Musical Beauty. The debate over the capacity of music to express non-musical ideas—which raged in the later nineteenth century between . OUTLINE/STUDY GUIDE HANSLICK: On the Musically Beautiful G. Payzant translation (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, ).

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On The Musically Beautiful. The Aesthetics of Feeling.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Added to PP index Total downloads 1 1, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads? In other words, although the beautiful exists for the gratification of an observer, it is independent of him.

The topic of feeling is taken up in greater detail in chapters IV and V.

Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. Emotional state could better be produced with drugs Contrast: It’s been a number of years since Thee read the above volumes ; but a fascinating short study it was and still remains.

Many important composers found themselves dragged into this debate. Find it on Scholar. Thus, musical aesthetics should be concerned with the actual musical materials themselves and not with their emotional effects on the listener.

But what if some music is better appreciated in terms of its general character and not the details of its design? To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider.

Eduard Hanslick – Wikipedia

Twenty or thirty years later,they made exactely the same comparison between Mozart and Beethoven. Wagner’s Parsifal William Kinderman. Selected pages Title Page. Composing is a deliberate, complex process that is not possible when there is too much passion. Especially in the opening chapters, he makes more than a few comments that allow far more acknowledgment of extra-musical content in music than his passionately argued thesis has room for.


He identifies tthe modes of listening: These situate Hanslick’s treatise in a broad philosophical and cultural context, elucidate his concepts with incisive clarity, and trace a fascinating history of the translation of the book. He distinguishes between the composer, musical work as an autonomous object, and the activity of the listener.

Hanslick takes the opposite side of the question, instead arguing that music’s beauty lies in the tones themselves rather than in the feelings which the tones ostensibly convey.

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Open Preview See a Problem? The volume also includes thorough annotations, a readers’ guide, a glossary of important terms and concepts, and an appendix, which comprises the original opening of Chapter 1, substantially rewritten in subsequent editions, as well as the original ending of the thw that was excised by Hanslick in later editions.

Hackett Publishing, Chapter I. The point is to make a distinction between the physical thing we hear, the series of sounds, and the music. Hanslick was born in Prague then in beauutiful Austrian Empirethe son of Joseph Adolph Hanslik, a bibliographer and music teacher from a German-speaking family, and one of his piano pupils, the daughter of a Jewish beautiufl from Vienna. The beauty of an independent and simple theme appeals to our aesthetic feeling with that directness, which tolerates no explanation, except, perhaps, that of musicaply inherent fitness and the harmony of parts, to the exclusion of any alien factor.

Well, besides getting over the part where he says that women are incapable of logical thought and thus not composers, he has some solid ideas. But if the same music can combine with different texts to convey distinct emotions, then the music does not by itself convey a specific emotion.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. Jerrold Levinson – – Philosophy in Review 7 Eduard Hanslick was a late nineteenth-century Viennese music critic famous for his championing of Brahms, disparaging of Wagner, and authorship of this little book—which went through ten editions in his lifetime. As much as possible, the outline uses the vocabulary of beautifful Payzant translation. No categories specified categorize this paper.

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Now, as a composition must comply with 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. Chapter II — Feeling is not the content. My training is in music and his writings–representing the more “absolute” side of the “war of the Romantics,” makes more sense to me than Wagner, representing the other side.

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Brendan rated it it was ok Jan 24, The Best Books of Each musical event involves composition plus reproduction [performance] and the thee is the vehicle for personal expression. Mar 13, David rated it it was amazing. The SMT has honored him with a Lifetime Membership in recognition of his founding its electronic journal, Music Theory Online, and serving as its first editor. And so muzically the best mode of listening decreases emotive content, such content is superfluous.

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