Absolute music and ideal content: autonomy, sensation and experience in Arthur Symons’ theory of musical aesthetics

Collins, Sarah (2014) Absolute music and ideal content: autonomy, sensation and experience in Arthur Symons’ theory of musical aesthetics. Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies, 19 1: 45-66.

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Author Collins, Sarah
Title Absolute music and ideal content: autonomy, sensation and experience in Arthur Symons’ theory of musical aesthetics
Journal name Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies
Publication date 2014-02-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 19
Issue 1
Start page 45
End page 66
Total pages 22
Place of publication St Lucia, QLD, Australia
Publisher University of Queensland Press
Language eng
Abstract I seek not only to discern the content of Arthur Symons’s “musical aesthetics,” such as it is, and to situate it within contemporaneous musical discussions, but also to show how his perspective provides a crucial illumination of the interaction between literary and musical models of autonomy at the turn of the twentieth century. Symons can certainly be seen as distinctive in his facilitation of this interaction because he was the only aesthetic critic to engage directly with the musical repertory, as opposed to an abstracted concept of music—or, following Pater, the “condition” thereof. But further, I will argue that Symons’s transplantation into a musical context of a notion of literary autonomy that was shaped by his symbolist sympathies generated a range of conceptual paradoxes that can inform current attempts to revise our understanding of how the concept has functioned historically.
Keyword Arthur Symons
Musical aesthetics
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes http://www.nla.gov.au/openpublish/index.php/AJVS/article/viewFile/3586/4231

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Music Publications
 
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