Esthetics of Music

ISBN-10: 0521280079

ISBN-13: 9780521280075

Edition: 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.
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Book details

List price: $39.99
Copyright year: 1982
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/25/1982
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

Author's preface to the English edition
Translator's introduction
Historical starting-points
Music as text and work of art
Changing phases of the esthetics of emotion
Emancipation of instrumental music
Judgments of art and of taste
Genius, enthusiasm, technique
Affection and idea
Dialectics of 'sounding inwardness'
The quarrel over formalism
Program music
Tradition and reform in opera
Esthetics and history
Toward the phenomenology of music
Standards of criticism
Bibliography
Index
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