Ruins and (Un)forgetfulness: A Genealogy of the Musically Sublime

Kiene Brillenburg Wurth

in Musically Sublime

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230631
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235452 | DOI:
Ruins and (Un)forgetfulness: A             Genealogy of the Musically Sublime

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This chapter continues the sublime connection of ruins, music, indeterminacy, and infinity. It considers the configuration of a specifically musically sublime in 19th-century German (music) philosophy and musical practice. It sketches a genealogy of the musically sublime that makes a casual and premature start in Arthur Schopenhauer's The World as Will and Representation and travels via Richard Wagner's Beethoven essay to Friedrich Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy and a dissertation of the 19th-century music theorist and philosopher Arthur Seidl. It shows that the inception of a specifically musically sublime is the effect of Wagner's creative misreading of Schopenhauer's comparison between architecture and music.

Keywords: musically sublime; music; indeterminacy; infinity; Arthur Schopenhauer; The World as Will and Representation; Richard Wagner

Chapter.  13744 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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