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Hanslick, Legal Processes and Scientific Methodologies: How Not to Construct an Ontology of Music

Pryer, Anthony J.. 2013. Hanslick, Legal Processes and Scientific Methodologies: How Not to Construct an Ontology of Music. In: Nicole Grimes; Siobhán Donovan and Wolfgang Marx, eds. Rethinking Hanslick: Music, Formalism and Expression. Rochester New York: University of Rochester Press, pp. 52-69. ISBN 9781580464321 [Book Section]

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Hanslick's treatise On the Beautiful in Music (1854) is often taken to be a paradigm of 'scientific' and 'formalist' explanations of music. This article demonstrates that many of his key ideas came from Hanslick's legal training with its 'laws' based on 'rulings' rather than universal principles. That training also caused him to organise his treatise as if conducting a courtroom defence, with its emphasis on negative rebuttal and a verdict of 'not guilty as charged'. Finally, arising from his observations on musical performance, a new theory of the ontology of music is adumbrated.

Item Type: Book Section

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Music
Research Office > REF2014

Dates:

DateEvent
March 2013Published

Item ID:

8140

Date Deposited:

24 May 2013 08:33

Last Modified:

30 Jun 2017 10:06

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/8140

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