The beautiful in music; a contribution to the revisal of musical aesthetics. by Hanslick, Eduard, Publication date Topics Music. April 10, Eduard Hanslick. (/) Vom Musikalisch-Schönen. Translated in by Gustav Cohen as: The Beautiful in Music. Indianapolis. Hanslick, Eduard. In Eduard Hanslick known book, Vom musikalisch-Schönen (; The Beautiful in Music, ), has been published in many editions and.

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Savage – – Routledge. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved from ” beauutiful History of Western Philosophy. Hanslick was an outspoken opponent of the music of Liszt and Wagner, which broke down traditional musical forms as a means of communicating something extra-musical.

In beautifjl projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. This page was last edited on 26 Octoberat Hanslick does not deny that listeners may be emotionally moved by listening to music, but he regards such feelings as a by-product of the music’s beauty. Edited, with an Introd.

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Aesthetic Cognition in Aesthetics categorize this paper. Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart. This article has no associated abstract. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In he published his influential book On the Beautiful in Music.

Boehm, Gottfried Weber, F. He also studied law musoc Prague University and obtained a degree in that field, but his amateur study of music eventually led to writing music reviews for small town newspapers, then the Wiener Musik-Zeitung and eventually the Neue Freie Pressewhere he was music critic until retirement.

Added to PP index Total downloads 1 1, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Hanslick often served on juries for musical competitions and held a post at the Austrian Ministry of Culture and fulfilled other administrative roles. The active listener listens to music to discover the method of composition, while to the passive listener music is merely sound.


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. The Liberal Arts Press, The subject of a composition can, therefore, not be understood as an object derived from an external source, but as something intrinsically musical; in other words, as the concrete group of sounds in a piece of music.

Wikiquote has quotations related to: By ending his list of theorists with Wagner, he makes his primary critical target obvious; Wagner had recently published his own essay, Opera and Dramainin which he demonstrates how his compositional technique expresses the feelings inherent in the content and form of poetry.

The Beautiful in Music. Of Tchaikovsky ‘s Violin Concertohe accused composer and soloist Adolph Brodsky of putting the audience “through hell” with music “which stinks to the ear”; he was also lukewarm towards the same composer’s Sixth Symphony. 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.

These ideas proliferated in academia, in which he was the first professor of music history and aesthetics. Moreover, beauty is not just independent of an observer’s emotional state, beauty is altogether independent of the observer.

Translated by Gustav Cohen. 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.


Request removal from index. Good music is beautiful, and in apprehending this beauty the listener may well be deeply moved. First published inThe Beautiful in Music is often referred to as the foundation of modern musical aesthetics. 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.

Eduard Hanslick

An interpretation of te based on the feelings cannot be acceptable either to art or science. Hanslick would answer this question by saying that it is not human emotions which tell us what is beautiful, but human imagination — “the organ of pure contemplation”. Eduard Hanslick – – Bobbs-Merrill Co.

In what sense can we imagine a musical work being “beautiful” without understanding that it is hanslic, human notion of “beauty” that grounds this characterization? Dommer, and Richard Wagner. In other words, although the beautiful exists for the gratification of an observer, it is independent of him. Hanslick regards the purpose of aesthetic beauty to to be the gratification of the listener. Music, Language, and Cognition: Nicholas Cook – – Sterling. Find it on Scholar. Kant’s Expressive Theory of Music.

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