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Lecture 14 Outline: Absolute Music in the 19 th Century I. Philosophical Origins i. Absolute Music: Instrumental music that does not have a literary, dramatic, or pictorial program. “Non-referential music” (around 1850s and 60s) Instruments ONLY! No voices allowed. ii. Emmanuel Kant (1790) Music = very limited Music is purely sensation: has no other meaning o Its unspecified. There and gone o Understand music only through structure iii. Eduard Hanslick (1854) Famous music critic Music cannot contain, or express, specific things Emotions comes from us, not music itself Way to understand music: structure (form) Only content of music: Form, i.e. “tonally moving forms” iv. Formalism and the upshot of it all Formalism: Method in which to determine the aesthetic quality of art The meaning and content of art is found in its structure Form = Content No emotion, feeling, expression, ideas, stories, programs, NOTHING! Nothing is permanent in music; notes are heard and then
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This note was uploaded on 03/12/2011 for the course MUS 15 taught by Professor Johnson during the Fall '07 term at UCSB.

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