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Music, Criticism, and the Challenge of HistoryShaping Modern Musical Thought in Late Nineteenth Century Vienna$
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Kevin Karnes

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195368666

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368666.001.0001

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FORGOTTEN HISTORIES AND UNCERTAIN LEGACIES

FORGOTTEN HISTORIES AND UNCERTAIN LEGACIES

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(p.21) CHAPTER ONE FORGOTTEN HISTORIES AND UNCERTAIN LEGACIES
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Music, Criticism, and the Challenge of History
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Kevin C. Karnes

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368666.003.0002

This chapter offers a substantial reevaluation of Hanslick's work by situating it at the center of late 19th-century debates about the future of the discipline he helped to found. Hired by the University of Vienna in 1856 to advance an empiricist movement in art-historical study inspired by the work of the philosopher Johann Friedrich Herbart, Hanslick veered sharply from the Herbartian path within a decade of his appointment. Giving up his attempts to expand his formalist treatise On the Musically Beautiful into a systematic aesthetics in the 1860s, he determined to dedicate himself to the study of cultural history in the post-Hegelian tradition of August Wilhelm Ambros, as evidenced in his second book, History of Concert Life in Vienna (1869). The chapter concludes by arguing that it was Hanslick's abandonment of Herbartianism, rather than his early formalism, that defined his reputation among university colleagues during the final quarter of the century.

Keywords:   Ambros, cultural history, Hanslick, Hegel, Herbart, History of Concert Life in Vienna, On the Musically Beautiful, University of Vienna

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