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Antithetical ArtsOn the Ancient Quarrel Between Literature and Music$
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Peter Kivy

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199562800

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562800.001.0001

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Body and Soul

Body and Soul

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Antithetical Arts
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562800.003.0003

Eduard Hanslick's ‘little book’ (as he called it), Vom Musikalisch-Schönen, has become, in recent years, a text celebre among those philosophers who began, not too long ago, to interest themselves in the special problems that music might present to their subject. Standing alone as the inaugural work in the history of musical formalism as a philosophical position, Hanslick's little book has received close scrutiny in recent years by a number of aestheticians. But viewed it the light of Wilhelm August Ambros's ‘answer’ another ‘little book’, entitled Der Grenzen der Musik und Poesie: Eine Studie zur Aesthetik der Tonkunst, provides a better idea of its philosophical significance. In light of Ambros's critique of Hanslick, this chapter explores what Hanslick had to say.

Keywords:   Eduard Hanslick, Of Musical Beauty, Wilhelm August Ambros, music formalism

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