Abstracts of issue 22 (2015)

Markos Tsetsos

Music and Language. Retracing the German-speaking philosophical discussion

In 1957 Thr. Georgiades publishes a paper entitled “Sprache, Musik, schriftliche Musikdarstellung”, in which he detects the differences between music and language according to the different properties of speech sounds (Sprachlaute) and musical sounds (Töne). Further, Georgiades points to the close association of language with the Self and to the relative objectivity of musical sound and music in general. Taking this particular paper as a point of departure, we retrace the related German-speaking discussion (Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Hanslick, Plessner, Adorno), centred predominantly around the differences between music and language.

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