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Aesthetics and the Art of Musical Composition in the German Enlightenment
Selected Writings of Johann Georg Sulzer and Heinrich Christoph Koch

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Music Theory and Analysis

Ian Bent, Thomas Christensen, Nancy Kovaleff Baker
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  • Date Published: January 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511829567

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  • The writings of Sulzer and Koch represent a significant confluence of philosophical and musical thought from the German Enlightenment. Koch creatively adapted many of Sulzer's abstract philosophical ideas to concrete questions of musical pedagogy, showing how they could be usefully applied to the teaching and analysis of musical composition. This collaborative study and translation of the texts will be of interest to all historians of music, music theory, and historians of eighteenth-century German aesthetic thought.

    • The first appearance of these writings in English
    • Remarkable fusion of music and aesthetics
    • Valuable insight into the views of the German Enlightenment
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    "Christensen's and Baker's volume is a model of what translation of documents in the history of music theory can be. The mechanical and visual production of the book is exemplary, and it has a useful and detailed index. ...they capture the flavor of the original text while rendering it in a readable and idiomatic modern prose." Patrick Mc Creless, Jrnl of the American Musicological Society

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    • Date Published: January 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511829567
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 8 music examples
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Ian Bent
    Part I. Johann Georg Sulzer: General Theory of the Fine Arts (1771–74): Selected Articles
    Introduction Thomas Christensen
    1. Aesthetic foundations
    2. The creative process
    3. Musical issues
    Part II. Heinrich Christoph Koch: Introductory Essay on Composition, Vol. II (1787)
    Introduction Nancy Kovaleff Baker
    4. The aim and the inner nature of compositions and, above all, the way in which they arise

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    Heinrich Christoph Koch

    Johann Georg Sulzer


    Nancy Baker

    Thomas Christensen, University of Iowa


    Ian Bent, Thomas Christensen, Nancy Kovaleff Baker

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