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Musical aesthetics
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1. Concept

Even as late as 1967, the Riemann Sachlexikon Musik, a standard work of German musical literature, was still asserting that musical aesthetics was “the science of the beauty of music” as “a subdiscipline of general aesthetics” [6. 9]. Current scholarly discourse, on the other hand, admits that musical aesthetics cannot claim to be a normative discipline capable of, for instance, arriving at an unam…

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Müller-Lindenberg, Ruth, “Musical aesthetics”, 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 28 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024369>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128



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