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Eduard Hanslick
Date of birth: 11 September 1825
Date of death: 06 August 1904
Country Of Origin: Austria


Music Critic

    Eduard Hanslick (*September 11, 1825, in Prague; † August 6, 1904, in Baden near Vienna) was a Bohemian-Austrian writer on music, perhaps the most influential music critic of the 19th century. Hanslick was born in Prague, the son of Joseph Adolph Hanslick, a bibliographer and music teacher from a German-speaking family, and one of his piano pupils, the daughter of a merchant from Vienna. At the age of 18 Hanslick went to study music with Václav Tomášek, one of Prague's .... (More...)
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An art aims, above all, at producing something beautiful which affects not our feelings but the organ of pure contemplation, our imagination.

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Grant that the true organ with which the beautiful is apprehended is the imagination, and it follows that all arts are likely to affect the feelings indirectly.

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Music has no subject beyond the combinations of notes we hear, for music speaks not only by means of sounds, it speaks nothing but sound.

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On the one hand it is said that the aim and object of music is to excite emotions, i.e., pleasurable emotions; on the other hand, the emotions are said to be the subject matter which musical works are intended to illustrate. Both propositions are alike in this, that one is as false as the other.

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So long as we refuse to include lottery tickets among the symphonies, or medical bulletins among the overtures, we must refrain from treating the emotions as an aesthetic monopoly of music in general or a certain piece of music in particular.

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The course hitherto pursued in musical aesthetics has nearly always been hampered by the false assumption that the object was not so much to inquire into what is beautiful in music as to describe the feelings which music awakens.

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