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The Devoted Ear

Lawrence Kramer

in Musical Meaning and Human Values

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230099
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235445 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823230099.003.0004
The Devoted Ear

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The chapter starts with a discussion on the slow movements of cyclical instrumental works, which embarked on a transformation during the late eighteenth century in Central Europe. This began the discovery of the possibilities of internalized drama. Other people enacted a process of contemplation. The procedure of elevation in the contemplative slow movement matches up with certain practice of devotion where the devotedness had no object. It was an exercise in the spirit of Kantian aesthetics: devotedness without devotion. The cause of the concern of illumination and its relationship with music is questioned. The cultural formation and development of the traditions of hymnody or operatic prayers, and how they retain their influence today, are examined.

Keywords: devotion; music; contemplation; internalized drama; slow movements; hymnody; operatic prayers; Kantian aesthetics

Chapter.  8164 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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