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Humanities 2015, 4(3), 418-435; doi:10.3390/h4030418

The Material and “Inner Life” in Music: Beethoven, Psychological Coherence, and Meaning

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Program in Literary Theory, Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon, Alameda da Universidade, 1600-214 Lisboa, Portugal
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Nova Institute of Philosophy (IFILNOVA), Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, New University of Lisbon, Av. de Berna, 26-4 Piso, 1069-061 Lisboa, Portugal 
Academic Editor: Jacob-Ivan Eidt
Received: 13 July 2015 / Revised: 20 August 2015 / Accepted: 31 August 2015 / Published: 11 September 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue “Reading the beat”—Musical Aesthetics and Literature)
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Abstract

Current studies on Adolph Bernhard Marx generally focus on Marx’s seminal texts in music theory and pedagogy, such as Die Lehre von der musikalischen Komposition, praktisch theoretisch (1837–1847) and Marx’s theory of sonata form, but they infrequently explore the philosophical and aesthetic dimensions of Marx’s criticism. The present essay will analyze a series of statements Marx wrote that address the aesthetic principles one should employ in descriptions of musical meaning, including “spiritual guidelines” (die geistigen Lenkfäden) and psychological coherence (des psychologischen Zusammenhangs). We will investigate Hegel’s influence on Marx’s thought, in addition to other contemporary philosophical positions, in relation to the themes of musical content, form, and the creative process. The study will aim to reveal the function of “spiritual guidelines” and specifically psychological coherence in aesthetics as the basis of a fresh look into musical meaning and ideal content in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Op. 125. View Full-Text
Keywords: A.B. Marx; Ludwig van Beethoven; G.W.F. Hegel; psychological coherence; aesthetics; music and meaning; philosophy of music A.B. Marx; Ludwig van Beethoven; G.W.F. Hegel; psychological coherence; aesthetics; music and meaning; philosophy of music
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Eckerson, S. The Material and “Inner Life” in Music: Beethoven, Psychological Coherence, and Meaning. Humanities 2015, 4, 418-435.

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