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Mixed Arts

in Transfigurements

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780226734224
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226734231 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226734231.003.0004
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In the Critique of Judgment, Kant includes a short, though separate section focused, as its title declares, “On the Combination of the Fine Arts in One and the Same Product.” He mentions several mixed arts, beginning with drama, which he regards as a combination of oratory with pictorial presentation. In song, it is poetry that is said to be combined with music; song is, in turn, combined with pictorial (theatrical) presentation in an opera, which thus combines the same elements, though differently, that one sees and hears in a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream accompanied by Mendelssohn's music. In dance, music is said to be combined with the play of figures; but the music in dance would as a rule no longer be song, and Kant refers to it specifically as the play of sensations in a piece of music. Extending even further, Kant mentions finally the forms in which a presentation of the sublime would be combined with beauty—namely, in a tragedy in verse, in a didactic poem, or in an oratorio.

Keywords: Kant; fine arts; drama; song; poetry; dance

Chapter.  5875 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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