Aesthetics and the Art of Musical Composition in the German Enlightenment

Koch's appropriation of Sulzer's ideas to the service of music represents an important development in the evolution of Western musical thought.

Aesthetics and the Art of Musical Composition in the German Enlightenment

Aesthetics and the Art of Musical Composition in the German Enlightenment

Can an abstract theory of Empfindsamkeit aesthetics have any value to a musician wishing to study composition in the classical style? The eighteenth-century German theorist and pedagogue Heinrich Koch showed how this question could be answered with a resounding yes. Starting with the systematic aesthetic theory of the Swiss encyclopedist Johann Sulzer, Koch was creatively able to adapt Sulzer's conservative ideas on ethical mimesis and rhetoric to concrete problems of music analysis and composition. In this collaborative study, Thomas Christensen and Nancy Baker have translated and analysed selected writings of Sulzer and Koch respectively, bringing to life a little-known confluence of philosophical and musical thought from the German Enlightenment. Koch's appropriation of Sulzer's ideas to the service of music represents an important development in the evolution of Western musical thought.

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Aesthetics and the Art of Musical Composition in the German Enlightenment
Language: en
Pages: 210
Authors: Johann Georg Sulzer, Nancy Baker, Heinrich Christoph Koch, Koch Heinrich Christoph
Categories: Music
Type: BOOK - Published: 1995 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Can an abstract theory of Empfindsamkeit aesthetics have any value to a musician wishing to study composition in the classical style? The eighteenth-century German theorist and pedagogue Heinrich Koch showed how this question could be answered with a resounding yes. Starting with the systematic aesthetic theory of the Swiss encyclopedist
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Language: en
Pages: 198
Authors: Matthew Riley
Categories: Music
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-07-05 - Publisher: Routledge

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Music and the French Enlightenment
Language: en
Pages: 216
Authors: Cynthia Verba
Categories: Enlightenment
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-11-01 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Pages: 240
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Language: en
Pages: 358
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Categories: Music
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