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Music criticism
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In a broader sense, music criticism is any form of aesthetic judgment of a musical work. In a stricter sense, the term denotes a discourse of middle-class musical culture that began in the early 18th century.

The process by which music developed into an autonomous art, together with the formation of a musical culture shaped by the middle classes, generated public reflection on musical practice in new specialist journals. The first two musical periodicals were founded at Hamburg in the early 18th century: Johann Mattheson’s Critica musica (1722/23 and 1725) and Johann Ado…

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Mautner, Hendrikje, “Music criticism”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 15 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_024417>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128



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