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Music Critique

The Purpose of Music Critique



Means of the Music Critique

 


Stimulating the Musical-Analytical Thinking

 

Good Music Critique

 

Requirements for the Music Critic

 

 

 

 

The Basis of Successful Music Critique

Music critique is the critical strife for the knowledge hidden in music.

The purpose of music critique is to awaken, or to deepen, the interest of the reader for a particular piece of music, or to keep the general interest for music alive in the population.

As a means of its critical investigation music critique employs the word in its spoken or written form. The obstacle, which music critique therefore imposes upon itself, is the fact that the sounding musical event, or even the music itself, can only vaguely be described by the words of our colloquial language, but cannot possibly be represented satisfactorily.

Through the meaning of words, the competent music critic can at least draw the music listener's attention to certain elements of a musical work and, thereby, to some extent stimulate the listener's musical-analytical thinking, thus facilitating his access to the musical truth.

Good music critique describes the inner world of the musical sound-space with words in a clear and very sensitive manner – be it regarding a piece of music in general, or the success of a specific musical performance.

Music critique, therefore, demands a high degree of self- discipline from the critic himself; because a music critic not only must have an outstanding music-professional qualification, but also a completely neutral human attitude towards what he describes – because any sort of emotional outburst, be it positive or negative, is far from the true understanding of music.

"One shall speak the truth and thereby not waste words."

Democritus

In the genuine comprehension and discussion of music, feeling and understanding are so highly coordinated and harmonically interwoven that any assessment which is exclusively dominated by the understanding, but also any statement overcharged with emotions, cannot but lead the reader away from the essence of music.

Successful music critique always has its basis in the deep love of music on the part of the music critic himself – in his profound understanding of music, in his clear knowledge about the process of creating music, and furthermore in his practice-related expertise on the possibilities of how to realize musical ideas.

"Without fantasy no art and, indeed,
not even science,
and consequently also no critique."

Franz Liszt

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THE SCIENCE
OF MUSIC

The Scope of the
Science of Music

The Inner Breath
of Music

The Function of the
Inner Breath in Music

The Scientific Aspect
in Music

The Perfect Musical
Description

The Twofold System
of Music Analysis
of the Composer

The Aspect of Humanities in Music

The True Field of
Science in Music

The Sociology
of
Music

The Ecology of Music

The Physics of Music

The Physiology
of
Music

The Economy of Music

Music Critique

Dance in Music

 

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