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By Karol Berger

ISBN-10: 0195128605

ISBN-13: 9780195128604

What, if whatever, has paintings to do with the remainder of our lives, and specifically with these moral and political matters that topic to us such a lot? Will artwork created at the present time be more likely to play a job in our lives as profound as that of the easiest paintings of the prior? A conception of paintings shifts the point of interest of aesthetics from the conventional debate of "what is art?" to the attractive query of "what is artwork for?" Skillfully describing the social and historic state of affairs of artwork at the present time, writer Karol Berger argues that track exemplifies the present of artwork in a thorough, acute, and revealing style. He additionally uniquely combines aesthetics with poetics and hermeneutics. delivering a cautious synthesis of a large breadth of scholarship from artwork historical past, musicology, literary reports, political philosophy, ethics, and metaphysics, and written in a transparent, available type, this e-book will attract an individual with a major curiosity within the arts.

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As it became increasingly clear that, under the conditions of a market economy, art music had no chance of winning the competition for the entertainment-craving public with popular music, the former had to justify its existence by claiming to pursue different aims, and since the mimetic idea was governing the  < previous page < previous page page_141 page_142 next page > next page > Page 142 production of popular music, it was natural for art musicians to want to abandon it. Nothing is more characteristic of this situation than the snobbish scorn that Theodor W.

Neither embodying the intelligible harmony nor intimating the absolute, abstract music now had to survive on its own, as nothing but itself, a pure sounding form with no transcendent meaning. By 1854 music could afford this antimetaphysical turn: there was so much great instrumental music around that the practice no longer needed philosophical or religious crutches to justify itself. Of the two developments that jointly shaped the practice of art music in the twentieth century, the near-abandonment of mimesis to popular music and the replacement of the metaphysical with a formalist interpretation of abstraction, it was the former that reflected and reinforced what from the perspective of our own fin de siècle appears to have marked this practice most profoundly.

Imitation alone raises them to this level. But what makes painting an imitative art? Drawing. What makes music another? Melody. 47 No less than the Galilei-Zarlino dispute, the Rousseau-Rameau polemic shows to what extent the newer mimetic view of music embraced by the often somewhat dilettantish intellectuals put the learned professional guardians of the traditional craft who espoused the older harmonic view on the defensive. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries one talked of music, but more often than not one meant the representational genre of opera.

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