Philosophy and Esthetics of Music
Aesthetics of Musical Art; Or, the Theory of Beautiful in Music
Aesthetics of Musical Art; Or, the Theory of Beautiful in Music
Paperback      ISBN: 1846643465

Aesthetics of Musical Art Or The Theory Of Beautiful In Music By Dr.Ferdinand Hand. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Obscure Press are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork. Contents include: The First Book Of The Nature of Music Of the music of Nature in general Of tone Rhythm The relation of tones on acuteness and gravity The music of nature beyond the human sphere Of the music of mankind Music the product of free self-activity of the mind Music the immediate representation of the activity of the feelings Music the product of the spirituality and of the totality of the powers of the mind Melody Harmony Free play in tone pictures Modification of expression Subordination to the idea of beauty.

Aesthetics of Opera in the Ancien Régime, 1647-1785
Aesthetics of Opera in the Ancien Régime, 1647-1785
Hardcover      ISBN: 0521801885

This is the first study to recognize the wider picture of opera within early-modern French culture. Downing Thomas considers the place of music within a cultural environment--the employment of music by Louis XIV as a symbol of absolutism; the use of music as a statement against the monarchy; and the long-term development of opera as a reflection of humanism. Thomas examines key works by Lully, Rameau, and Charpentier, among others, and extends his reach from the late seventeenth century to the end of the eighteenth.

The Aesthetics Of Pianoforte Playing
The Aesthetics Of Pianoforte Playing
Paperback      ISBN: 142863729x

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

The Aesthetics Of Pianoforte Playing
The Aesthetics Of Pianoforte Playing
Hardcover      ISBN: 0548127352

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

The Art-Work of the Future and Other Works
The Art-Work of the Future and Other Works
Paperback      ISBN: 0803297521

Poor, frustrated, and angered by the "fashion-mongers and mode-purveyors" of art, Richard Wagner published The Art-Work of the Future in 1849. It marked a turning point in his life: an appraisal of the revolutionary passions of mid-century Europe, his farewell to symphonic music, and his vision of the music to come. Beethoven's Ninth Symphony was unsurpassable, he wrote. Henceforth "The Folk must of necessity be the Artist of the Future," and only artists who were in harmony with the Folk could know what harmony was for. The essay became a touchstone for Wagner, his family, friends, and followers, as he sought to produce works that thoroughly combined music, dance, drama, and national saga. In addition to Wagner's epoch-defining essay, this volume includes his "Autobiographical Sketch," "Art and Climate"; his libretto for an opera, "Wieland the Smith"; and his notorious "Art and Revolution." The concluding piece, "A Communication to My Friends (1851), explains his views on his first successes--The Flying Dutchman, Lohengrin, and Tannh user--and defines his agenda for later works. As spokesman for the future, Wagner spoke most of himself. In these works he set forth his ambitions, identified his enemies, and began a campaign for public attention that made him a legend in his own time and in ours.

Authenticities
Authenticities
Hardcover      ISBN: 0801430461

"In his latest book on the aesthetics of music, Peter Kivy presents an argument not for authenticity but for authenticities of performance, including authenticities of intention, sound, practice, and the authenticity of personal interpretation in performance.... As usual, Kivy's work is beautifully written, well argued, and provocative."--Notes"Kivy has provided a sorely needed framework for all future discussion of the authenticity matter. This is his best book, a major contribution to performance studies and to musical aesthetics; likely it will be studied and cited for generations."--Choice"Written in lively prose, with a keen sense of reality, this volume] ought to be of interest not only to philosophers and musicologists, but to all serious lovers of music."--Roger Scruton, Times Literary Supplement"The consistent theme running through Kivy's book is the need for interpretation as the personal authenticity and authority of the performer against the ideology both of the composer as genius and of the puritanical devotion to the authority of the text of the early music devotees.... This is a most valuable book, one which constantly surprises and delights through its philosophical insights and informed musical understanding."--British Journal of Aesthetics

Authenticities
Authenticities
Paperback      ISBN: 0801484804

"In his latest book on the aesthetics of music, Peter Kivy presents an argument not for authenticity but for authenticities of performance, including authenticities of intention, sound, practice, and the authenticity of personal interpretation in performance.... As usual, Kivy's work is beautifully written, well argued, and provocative."--Notes"Kivy has provided a sorely needed framework for all future discussion of the authenticity matter. This is his best book, a major contribution to performance studies and to musical aesthetics; likely it will be studied and cited for generations."--Choice"Written in lively prose, with a keen sense of reality, this volume] ought to be of interest not only to philosophers and musicologists, but to all serious lovers of music."--Roger Scruton, Times Literary Supplement"The consistent theme running through Kivy's book is the need for interpretation as the personal authenticity and authority of the performer against the ideology both of the composer as genius and of the puritanical devotion to the authority of the text of the early music devotees.... This is a most valuable book, one which constantly surprises and delights through its philosophical insights and informed musical understanding."--British Journal of Aesthetics

Beethoven's Kiss: Pianism, Perversion, and the Mastery of Desire
Beethoven's Kiss
Pianism, Perversion, and the Mastery of Desire
Paperback      ISBN: 0804725985

In Beethoven's Kiss, Kevin Kopelson takes you on a journey through a unique literary style which is both scholarly and meditative. It interweaves the issues of gender, sexuality and erotic romanticism and presents them against the backdrop of romantic pianism. Exploring quasi-sexual myths of the nineteenth century, Beethoven's Kiss takes a long look at the origin and consequences of those myths.

Beethoven's Kiss: Pianism, Perversion, and the Mastery of Desire
Beethoven's Kiss
Pianism, Perversion, and the Mastery of Desire
Hardcover      ISBN: 0804725977

In Beethoven's Kiss, Kevin Kopelson takes you on a journey through a unique literary style which is both scholarly and meditative. It interweaves the issues of gender, sexuality and erotic romanticism and presents them against the backdrop of romantic pianism. Exploring quasi-sexual myths of the nineteenth century, Beethoven's Kiss takes a long look at the origin and consequences of those myths.

Classical Music and Postmodern Knowledge
Classical Music and Postmodern Knowledge
Paperback      ISBN: 0520207009

A leading cultural theorist and musicologist opens up new possibilities for understanding mainstream Western art music-the "classical" music composed between the eighteenth and early twentieth centuries that is, for many, losing both its prestige and its appeal. When this music is regarded esoterically, removed from real-world interests, it increasingly sounds more evasive than transcendent. Now Lawrence Kramer shows how classical music can take on new meaning and new life when approached from postmodernist standpoints.

Kramer draws out the musical implications of contemporary efforts to understand reason, language, and subjectivity in relation to concrete human activities rather than to universal principles. Extending the rethinking of musical expression begun in his earlier Music as Cultural Practice, he regards music not only as an object that invites aesthetic reception but also as an activity that vitally shapes the personal, social, and cultural identities of its listeners.

In language accessible to nonspecialists but informative to specialists, Kramer provides an original account of the postmodernist ethos, explains its relationship to music, and explores that relationship in a series of case studies ranging from Haydn and Mendelssohn to Ives and Ravel.