Music Philosophy and Aesthetics

Preparation for lessons 

Tuesday October 2nd 2018

Read chapter 1 through 5 of Beauty - A Very Short Introduction by Roger Scruton

Keynote (PDF)

Tuesday October 9 2018

Keynote (PDF)

Examples of triads in different tunings/temperaments.

Describing musical sound (working model).

Tuesday October 16 2018

Read chapter 6, 8 and 9 thoroughly, browse chapter 7 (which focuses mainly on visual arts) of Beauty - A Very Short Introduction by Roger Scruton


Comparison Chopin Op. 10 nr. 3 (E major)

Version 1

Version 2

Version 3

Spotify playlist

Score from IMSLP (Scholtz) PDF

NB: Manuscripts with bar by bar comparison between many early editions... :-)



Tuesday October 30

Schubert Der Lindenbaum

The poem,

Performers: Fischer-Dieskau, Ian Bostridge, Thomas Hampson


Weaving a "web of meaning".


Tuesday November 6

Read chapter 1 and 2 of Understanding Music by Roger Scruton.

Key terms: acousmatic experience, musical motion and musical emotion, the working of Gestalt principles in (musical) perception, auditory streaming, auditory scene analysis, sounds as "things".

Comment on Scruton's opinions about "the most important tone in any melodic scale" (14), the importance of the "well-tempered scale" (15).

Why are the spatial analogies Scruton refers to essential for the appreciation of music?


Tuesday November 13

Chapter 3, 4 and 5 of Understanding Music by Roger Scruton

Hermeneutics and Cardinal virtues: towards a "new" virtuosity?

Keynote: Hermeneutics and cardinal virtues (pdf)


Daniel Levitin

Levitin video screenshot (Part 1) (Part 2)

Facial expressions pianists

Musical gestures conductors

Carlos Kleiber The art of conducting


Wiebe's bookshelf: music-philosophy-and-aesthetics

Beauty: A Very Short Introduction
tagged: music-philosophy-and-aesthetics
Understanding Music: Philosophy and Interpretation
tagged: currently-reading and music-philosophy-and-aesthetics
Form and Performance
tagged: prince-claus-conservatoire and music-philosophy-and-aesthetics
Musical Form and Musical Performance
tagged: prince-claus-conservatoire and music-philosophy-and-aesthetics
The Composer's Voice
tagged: prince-claus-conservatoire and music-philosophy-and-aesthetics

Guide for the the presentation to be delivered:

MPaA assignment

Mastery was at the heart of the classical ideal of upbringing and education, and a condition for happiness or "the good life" (eudaimonia).

Aretè or virtus cannot be missed and can be describes as:

To know what is essential in a given situation or context.

It's neither a a pure intellectual capacity nore a skill in the general sense of the word.

The knowledge of the master is not the same as the knowledge of the scientist or the expert.

It can be labeled as virtuosity: acting based on or guided by, virtues.

It's an attitude