Aesthetics and the Art of Musical Composition in the German Enlightenment: Selected Writings of Johann Georg Sulzer and Heinrich Christoph Koch

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The writings of Sulzer and Koch represent a significant confluence of philosophical and musical thought from the German Enlightenment. Koch creatively adapted many of Sulzer's abstract philosophical ideas to concrete questions of musical pedagogy, showing how they could be usefully applied to the teaching and analysis of musical composition. This collaborative study and translation of the texts will be of interest to all historians of music, music theory, and historians of eighteenth-century German aesthetic thought.
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"Christensen's and Baker's volume is a model of what translation of documents in the history of music theory can be. The mechanical and visual production of the book is exemplary, and it has a useful and detailed index. ...they capture the flavor of the original text while rendering it in a readable and idiomatic modern prose." Patrick Mc Creless, Jrnl of the American Musicological Society
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Table of Contents

Foreword Ian Bent; Part I. Johann Georg Sulzer: General Theory of the Fine Arts (1771–74): Selected Articles; Introduction Thomas Christensen; 1. Aesthetic foundations; 2. The creative process; 3. Musical issues; Part II. Heinrich Christoph Koch: Introductory Essay on Composition, Vol. II (1787); Introduction Nancy Kovaleff Baker; Preface; Introduction; 4. The aim and the inner nature of compositions and, above all, the way in which they arise; Index.
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