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Music Novations in Aristotle's Philosophy
Abstract: The article studies music novations in Aristotle’s philosophy. The object of research is Aristotle’s philosophical and aesthetical views. The research subject is music novations in Aristotle’s philosophy. The purpose of the research is to detect music novations in Aristotle’s philosophy. To achieve this purpose, the author performs the following tasks: to study Aristotle’s essays and to define his philosophic and aesthetical attitude to music resulting in music novations which had appeared in his philosophy. The author gives attention to Aristotle’s theoretical views on music art. The main research methods are the analytical and hermeneutical ones. The article contains the analysis of the main ideas about music in Aristotle’s essays and characterizes music innovations typical for his aesthetics. The author concludes that Aristotle’s philosophy and aesthetics contain the following novations: a music composition is the key jewel of a tragedy, one of its components; music is divided into practical and theoretical (music art and music science); the “composer-performer” system appears in which a composer is the author of the music, and a performer is the one who plays or teaches the music; the formation of a comprehensive concept of a piece of music; music is a melodic and harmonic reflection of life and an expression of spiritual and moral values and properties of humanity.
Keywords: theoretical music, antiquity, performer, composer, musical composition, aesthetics, philosophy, musical innovation, Aristotle, practical music
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