Course: Musical aesthetics

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Course title Musical aesthetics
Course code KHV/EST
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study 2
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 1
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Voříšek Martin, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Terminological and methodological introduction (define of notion "aesthetics", subject and questions, specifics of musical aesthetics) 2. Music conception in ancient Greece (notion content musiké, pythagoreismus, music and ethos, Platón, Aristotelés) 3. Early Middle Ages (relation of church to fine art and music, Boethius, musica as a part of seven free arts) 4. High Middle Ages (stabilization of cultural relation in Europe, succession and dissimilarity from Boethio´s music interpretation, turn in authorship understanding and musical beauty after creation of notation and polyphony diffusion) 5. Renaissance (man as microcosm, change of "vision" in fine art according to human optics, effort to return ancient music, dispute and counterpoint - Zarlino, Florentine people) 6. Baroque (emotion and rationality in Baroque art, relation of music and rhetoric) 7. The Enlightenment, 2nd half of 18th century (impact of British Empiricism, origin of aesthetics as own discipline, abandonment of affected theory - notion "expression", J.J. Rousseau, I. Kant, movement Sturm und Drang, shifts in perceiving of music signification in period of Classicism) 8. Early Romanticism (equalization of scientific and aesthetic acquirement of world, E. T. A. Hoffmann, Novalis, F. W. J. Schelling) 9. High and Late Romanticism (music and art as part of philosophical conception of A. Schopenhauer, G.W.F. Hegel a F. Nietzesche, connection with work of New-Romanticists and Late Romanticism) 10. Formalism of 19th century (disputes over programme and absolute music, E. Hanslick, O. Hostinský) 11. Music as part of scientific research in the end of 19th century (H. Helmholtz, G. T. Fechner, Ch. Darwin) 12. Aesthetic questions of avant-gardes of 20th century - relation of modern style and tradition (F. Busoni, A. Schönberg, post-war avant-garde) 13. Basic tendencies of musically theoretical aesthetical movements of 20th century (Marxist aesthetics, fenomenology and hermeneutics, musical semiotics) 14. Basic tendencies of musically theoretical aesthetical movements of 20th century - continuation (critique of conception of modern style and avant-gardes of 20th century, postmodern)

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Work with text (with textbook, with book)
Learning outcomes
Basic orientation in terminology, definition of the term "aesthetics", role of the discipline within other branches of musicology. Brief historical overview of the most important aesthetic attitudes and the principal personalities, overlaps of aesthetics and music. Specific aesthetic problems of the 20th century's music from the point of view of important composers, philosophers and music theorists (the post-war avant-garde; postmodernism; Marxian aesthetics; phenomenology and hermeneutics; musical semiotics)
Knowledge of main movements of musical aesthetics.
Prerequisites
none

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination

Student demonstrates orientation in the most important tendencies of musical aesthetics from ancient Greece until present time by the form of oral exam.
Recommended literature
  • BLUME, Friedrich; FINSCHER, Ludwig (ed.). Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart; heslo "Musikästhetik". Kassel-Stuttgart: Bärenreiter-Metzler, 2004.
  • DYKAST, Roman; VIČAR, Jan. Hudební estetika. Praha: HAMU, 2001.
  • KUHN, Helmut; GILBERTOVÁ, Katharine Everett. Dějiny estetiky. Praha: Státní nakladatelství krásné literatury, hudby a umění, 1965.
  • POLEDŇÁK, Ivan. Hudba jako problém estetiky. Praha: Karolinum, 2006.
  • SCHNIERER, Miloš. Přehled dějin estetiky. České Budějovice: JČU, 1999.
  • TYRRELL, John; SADIE, Stanley. The new Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians; heslo "Philosophy of Music". New York: Grove, 2002.
  • VOLEK, Jaroslav. Kapitoly z dějin estetiky. Praha: Panton, 1985.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Teaching to play an instrument or singing for high and basic art schools (Master degree) (2) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Teacher traning in music for basic schools, high schools and basic artistic schools (1) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Teaching to play an instrument or singing for high and basic art schools (Master degree) (2) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Teacher traning in music for basic schools, high schools and basic artistic schools (1) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Winter