HV053 Introduction to Music Aesthetics

Faculty of Education
Autumn 2023
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
doc. PhDr. Marek Sedláček, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Marek Sedláček, Ph.D.
Department of Music – Faculty of Education
Contact Person: doc. PhDr. Marek Sedláček, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Music – Faculty of Education
Tue 9:00–9:50 učebna 20
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
HV053/01: Tue 10:00–10:50 učebna 20, M. Sedláček
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 50 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 12/50, only registered: 0/50, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/50
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Course objectives
The intent of this subject is a preliminary of theoretic and historic entrance into aesthetic problematics as science field and of axiology in art works, especially in music. The aim of the seminar is intensifying acquired knowledge of the students and helping them an understanding internal relatinships in historical development of aesthetics.
At the end of the course students should be able to think in aesthetic categories and concepts.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course students should be able to think in aesthetic categories and concepts.
At the end of this course the student will be able to understand the basic characteristics of the subject of theory of art and aesthetics, their specifics and interconnection of both disciplines, axiological relations, the theoretical reflection of art.
  • Syllabus of lectures:
  • Definition and subject of aesthetics.
  • Aspects of understanding of concepts of beauty and its functioning as an evaluation criterion in art.
  • Overview of the development of aesthetics with regard to music: ancient medieval aesthetics, medieval, Renaissance, Classicism, German classical aesthetics, Post-Kant aesthetics, aesthetics of the 19th century.
  • The basic trends in aesthetics of the 20th century.
  • Syllabus of seminar:
  • The seminar is focused on analyses of selected essential theoretical works of the discipline in historical contexts (Plato, Aristotle, Plotinos, Augustine, Aquinas T., L. da Vinci, Dürer, Kant, encyclopaedists, Hutcheson, Hogarth, Goethe, Schiller, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Hanslick, Hostinský, F. Busoni, A. Schoenberg, Paul Hindemith, J. Cage, etc.).
  • PHILIPSON, Morris. Aesthetics today. Cleveland: World Publishing Company, 1961. 475 s.
  • Vybrané dílčí estetické spisy (Platón, Aristoteles, Plótínos, Kant, Schiller, atd.)
  • SCRUTON, Roger. Hudobná estetika. Translated by Ivan Koska - Peter Zagar. Bratislava: Hudobné centrum, 2009, 483 stran. ISBN 9788089427116. info
  • SCRUTON, Roger. Understanding music : philosophy and interpretation. 1st pub. London: Continuum, 2009, 244 s. ISBN 9781847065063. info
  • POLEDŇÁK, Ivan. Hudba jako problém estetiky. Vyd. 1. Praha: Univerzita Karlova v Praze, Nakladatelství Karolinum, 2006, 287 s. ISBN 8024612151. info
  • SEDLÁČEK, Marek. K problému komunikace v artificiální hudbě XX. století (To the problem of communication in art-music of 20th century). In Musica viva in schola XVII. 1st ed. Brno: Masarykova Univerzita, 2001, p. 130-134. řada hudebněvýchovná č. ISBN 80-210-2765-7. info
  • PERNIOLA, Mario. Estetika 20. století : L'estetica del novecento (Orig.). Vyd. 1. V Praze: Karolinum, 2000, 169 s. ISBN 80-246-0213-X. info
  • ECO, Umberto. Umění a krása ve středověké estetice. Vyd. 1. Praha: Argo, 1998, 239 s. ISBN 8072030981. info
  • ZUSKA, Vlastimil. Estetika na křižovatce humanitních disciplín. Vyd. 1. Praha: Karolinum, 1997, 198 s. ISBN 8071843792. info
  • HENCKMANN, Wolfhart and Konrad LOTTER. Estetický slovník. Translated by Dušan Prokop. Vyd. 1. Praha: Svoboda, 1995, 229 s. ISBN 8020504788. info
  • CHVATÍK, Květoslav. Strukturální estetika : řád věcí a řád člověka. 1. vyd. Praha: Victoria Publishing, 1994, 86 s. ISBN 8085865033. info
  • POLEDŇÁK, Ivan. Studie a kapitoly z hudební estetiky a sémiotiky. 1991, 199 s. info
  • VOLEK, Jaroslav. Kapitoly z dějin estetiky. 2. vyd. Praha: Panton, 1985, 312 s. URL info
  • ZICH, Otakar. Estetické vnímání hudby ; Estetika hudby. Edited by Miloš Jůzl. 1. vyd. Praha: Supraphon, 1981, 451 s. URL info
  • GILBERT, Katharine Everett and Helmut KUHN. Dějiny estetiky. Vyd. 1. Praha: Státní nakladatelství krásné literatury a umění, 1965, 502 s. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, class discussion. Theoretical training.
Assessment methods
As a requirement to oral exam students prepare a seminar paper on an agreed topic (processing of selected problem from the development phase of aesthetics, the issue of beauty in art; the relation between art and kitsch) in the range of 5-8 pages, which submit through IS, present a paper of the content based on the aesthetic theoretical study (selection from Plato to the present). The oral exam is based on the sphere of lectures and recommended study literature.
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Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019, autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2022, Autumn 2024.
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