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Esthetics of Music - Carl Dahlhaus

Esthetics of Music

By: Carl Dahlhaus, William W. Austin (Translator)

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Published: 26th April 1982
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This book is an introduction to the esthetics of music. Aesthetics, which were of prime importance in thinking about music in the nineteenth century, are today sometimes suspected of being idle speculation. Yet judgments about music and every sort of musical activity are based on aesthetic presuppositions. Carl Dahlhaus gives an account of developments in the aesthetics of music from the mid-eighteenth century onwards. He combines a historical and systematic approach. Central themes in music are grouped together to illustrate both the historical course of events and a systematic unity of the essential elements in the aesthetics of music. For this edition, the late Carl Dahlhaus provided an annotated bibliography. William Austin has added books for the English-speaking reader, and has also supplied notes to the text to help the student.

"...a magnificent introduction to the problems faced by aestheticians of the past and present...should be on all shelves as a standard reference." Choice "As an introduction to the field by way of its major figures and topics, the work can hardly be bettered." MLA Notes

Author's preface to the English editionp. vii
Translator's introductionp. ix
Historical starting-pointsp. 1
Music as text and work of artp. 9
Changing phases of the esthetics of emotionp. 16
Emancipation of instrumental musicp. 24
Judgments of art and of tastep. 31
Genius, enthusiasm, techniquep. 39
Affection and ideap. 42
Dialectics of 'sounding inwardness'p. 46
The quarrel over formalismp. 52
Program musicp. 57
Tradition and reform in operap. 64
Esthetics and historyp. 69
Toward the phenomenology of musicp. 74
Standards of criticismp. 84
Bibliographyp. 101
Indexp. 113
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ISBN: 9780521280075
ISBN-10: 0521280079
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 26th April 1982
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.14
Edition Type: Annotated