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 . Eduard Hanslick’s On the Musically Beautiful (Vom Musikalisch-Schönen, ) , written and published before the author turned 30, is a. On The Musically Beautiful has 77 ratings and 11 reviews. “Like Hanslick, Professor Payzant is both musician and philosopher; and he has brought the.

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Trivia About On The Musically To have subject matter as content, the extramusical element must be definite and could be stated in words. This entry has no ahnslick links.

To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. Thus, musical aesthetics should be concerned with the actual musical materials themselves and not with their emotional effects on the listener.

He also studied law at Prague University and obtained a degree in beahtiful 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. Selected pages Title Page. Wagner’s Parsifal William Kinderman.

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. Eduard Hanslick’s On the Musically Beautiful A New Translation Lee Rothfarb and Christoph Landerer New translation of one of the most famous treatises on music aesthetics ever published The most clear, readable, and accurate translation of this work to date Readers’ Guide facilitates study, outlining different paths through the treatise.

First published inThe Beautiful in Music is often referred to as the foundation of modern musical aesthetics. I tend to agree with most of what he asserts. Inin a revised edition of his essay Jewishness in MusicWagner attacked Hanslick as ‘of gracefully concealed Jewish origin’, and asserted that his supposedly Jewish style of criticism was anti-German.


Importantly, while this text certainly lays the theoretical groundwork for musical formalism, formal analysis is something that Hanslick himself never did. Ultimately, as with many of these sorts of questions, the truth seems to lie somewhere between the two extremes. Our opinion regarding the seat of the intellectual and emotional elements of a musical composition stands in the same relation to the popular way of thinking as the idea of immanence does to that of transcendence.

Popular passages Page 67 – The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils; The motions of his spirit are dull as night And his affections dark as Erebus: Let no such man be trusted.

Recitative and other “dramatic” text which is normally combined with the weakest music. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Leipzig After Bach Jeffrey S.

On the Musically Beautiful

In Hanslick’s day, the two schools of thought were primarily represented by the music of Brahms and the music of Wagner. 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. Many important composers found themselves dragged into this debate.

In other words, an ideal implies that there are degrees of success and failure, and if communicating emotion is the ideal for music, the best emotional communication must coincide with the best music. Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. Views Read Edit View history. 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.

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. Prevailing views of music assign two distinct roles to feeling in relation to music.


Refresh and try again. Eduard Hanslick, “on the Musically Beautiful”. By this we understand a beauty that is self-contained and in no need of content from outside itself, that consists simply and solely of tones and their artistic combination. The Relation of Music to Nature.

On The Musically Beautiful by Eduard Hanslick

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Hanslick was contending against a current of his time: Melissa Travis rated it really liked it Oct 03, 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. As such claims are typically overstated, it is probably best to consider it the codification of such notions of musical autonomy and organicism.

Love cannot be thought without the representation of a beloved person, without desire and striving after felicity, glorification and possession of a particular object. Active listening not compatible with catharsis.

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