• Musical De-Composition

    Author(s):
    Arnold Berleant (see profile)
    Date:
    1994
    Subject(s):
    Music, Composition, Aesthetics, Music and philosophy
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    musical composition, perceptual experience, aesthetics of music
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/1jse-nv63
    Abstract:
    I begin by disclaiming any intention of implying, as the title of this essay may suggest, the same prognosis for music that Baudelaire made for love when, in "La Charogne," he likened the future of his beloved to a dog's decaying carcass. It is true, however, that what I have to say about music will perhaps appear quite as shocking to the traditional lore of aesthetics as the poet's song did to that of love. But it is my intention to carry the comparison no further and to offer, not a romantic apostasy of love but what might rather be regarded as a romantic affirmation of art. In any event, my interest here is not in biological degeneration but in artistic generation, and I hope to suggest that in the case of music and, (mutatis mutandis), the other arts, some common ways of regarding the creative process are as misleading as they are misapprehended. More positively, I shall offer an alternative that may grasp more successfully something of the nature of the creative factor in musical composition.
    Notes:
    What Is Music? Edited by P. Alperson (New York: Haven, 1987).
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