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Philosophy of Music

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Philosophy of Music

<p>Music is one of the oldest forms of human expression; it delights our senses, arouses our emotions, and stimulates our mind. It has also fascinated philosophers since the Ancient Greeks. We look at

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Music is one of the oldest forms of human expression; it delights our senses, arouses our emotions, and stimulates our mind. It has also fascinated philosophers since the Ancient Greeks. We look at: The role of music in history, culture and society; The major philosophers on music; Music and emotions; Music and the imagination; Value judgements in musical appreciation; Musical education; and Music and politics.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Introduction to Concepts and overview of the philosophy of music.
  • Definition: What is music; how is it different to other kinds of organized sound; where did it begin; and why it has been so important in human societies?
  • The elemental structure of music: Rhythm, melody, harmony, silence, improvisation and performance.
  • How do you make value judgements about music? What does it mean to have 'good taste in music?'
  • The Philosophers beginning with the Pythagoreans. For the Pythagoreans the ‘Harmony of the Spheres’ was an ontological fact: they believed that mathematical/music harmonies constituted the basic structure of everything.
  • Plato and Aristotle. For Plato music was an important issue for epistemology, mathematics, politics and cosmology.
  • The Middle Ages to the Enlightenment.
  • Schopenhauer. Music was taken to be the highest form of aesthetics to many of the 19th c Romantic philosophers. For Schopenhauer music allows humans to transcend the determinism of ‘will’.
  • Nietzsche: “Without music life would be a mistake”.
  • Adorno and the Modernists. Modernism set new challenges for the philosophy of music.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end if this course, students should be able to:

  1. Gain a better understanding of the beginnings and evolution of music.
  2. Have a better knowledge of the psychology and emotional structures used by music in performance and listening.
  3. Explore the connection between music and society.
  4. Consider the fate of music in the electronic age.