Eduard Hanslick: The Beautiful in Music



Preface Translator's Preface, Author's Preface
Chapter I  Aesthetics as Founded on Feeling
Chapter II   Does Music Represent Feelings?
Chapter III   The Beautiful in Music
Chapter IV The Subjective Effects of Music
Chapter V Musical Perception
Chapter VI Music and Nature
Chapter VII The Subject of Music: Content and Form 

 Outline of the Argument         Related links



This website presents the Gustav Cohen translation of the 7th edition of Eduard Hanslick's Vom Musikalisch-Schönen (1885).  Cohen's translation was published in1891. This version is altered in many places after consulting both the German text and the 1986 translation by Geoffrey Payzant. The Cohen translation is in the public domain and may be freely reproduced. This adaptation is my own work and should not be reproduced without due credit, including this statement.


Related Links

Here's a biographical essay about Hanslick by Geoffrey Payzant

Here's an essay about Hanslick by Justin London

Here's an essay on Hanslick by Robert Hall

Here's an essay on Hanslick by Tom Halliwell

Here are some materials on music and emotion from Ohio State, including a very short outline of Hanslick.

Here's an essay on Hanslick's involvement in the Brahms/Wagner debates of the 19th century.


The background of this page is a scan of 
Gustav Mahler, Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen

Last updated March 1, 2006


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