Department Aesthetics of Music

The special field of Music Aesthetics is largely represented by one of the Departments of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, which was founded in 1967 by Harald Kaufmann under the name 'Institut für Wertungsforschung'. As this discipline name did not prevail internationally in four decades the Department was renamed into "Institut für Musikästhetik".

Music aesthetics examines the basic requirements of musical theory and practice. Ideas such as form, structure, content, time, expression, understanding, interpretation and work are fundamental to musical production and reception. They form the thematic core of a historically taught philosophy of music. As aesthetics, it reflects, in this case prolonging Kaufmanns idea, in particular valuations that were and are related to music (and more generally to art) and the standards on which such evaluations are based either implicitly or explicitly. Typically, musical aesthetics are interdisciplinary. The conceptual wealth of philosophical tradition has to be related to the empirical knowledge of aesthetic sensations and judgments in order to develop one and the other.


Spokesman: Univ.Prof. Dr.phil. M.A. Andreas Dorschel

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