• Embodied Music

    Editor(s):
    Arnold Berleant (see profile)
    Date:
    2002
    Subject(s):
    Music, Embodiment, Dance
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    musical embodiment, environmental engagement, musical experience
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M68W3825B
    Abstract:
    The experience of music offers powerful proof of the embeddedness of human being. It is environmental engagement at its highest pitch, and thus offers an eloquent argument for the full fusion of human being, a kind of reasoning I call the argument from experience. When Walter Pater observed that "All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music," he may have been extolling music at the expense of the other arts. But perhaps he recognized that music achieves human embodiment with unusual forcefulness, directness, and immediacy. Yet every art, or rather, every appreciative engagement with art, does something of the same thing, each in its own way. Art thus offers us what philosophy has no language to express directly: the unity of human being and the continuity of our multiple dimensions. By making this aesthetic fusion explicit in aesthetic experience, we can begin to reveal art's ways, perhaps the closest we can come to expressing the unsayable.
    Notes:
    Environment and the Arts; Perspectives on Art and Environment, ed. A. Berleant (Ashgate, 2002), pp. 143-155. Also in TKS, Tidskrift för kulturstudier, (Journal of Cultural Studies), 5 (2002), 7-22. Chapter nin in Arnold Berleant, Aesthetics and Environment, Theme and Variations (Farnham, UK & Burlington, VT: Ashgate, Publishing Ltd, 2005). ISBN 978-0754650775
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