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Melodic Variability and Aesthetic Development – Applying von Humboldt to Musical Composition

As an animal species, the human being is the singing creature, but he combines ideas with the musical sounds involved. Language is the structural organ of ideas. – Wilhelm von Humboldt Humboldt’s profound study is one of the classics of … Continue reading

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Applause as Music, Audience as Maleable Medium

If Michael Fried argues, in “Art and Objecthood” (1967), that the very best abstract formalist paintings and sculptures of the day are absolutely authoritative, in their own right and on their own terms, and stand in no need whatsoever of … Continue reading

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