Aesthetic and philosophy of music

lmusi2871  2017-2018  Louvain-la-Neuve

Aesthetic and philosophy of music
5 credits
15.0 h

  This biannual learning unit is not being organized in 2017-2018 !

Van Wymeersch Brigitte;
None. This course is obligatory for students in musicology.
Main themes
In-depth study of some musical philosophical movements, from Antiquity up to now. This study enables students to analyse, in the light of history, basic notions in terms of aesthetic and musical critic ( notion of beauty, taste, musical pleasure, emotion, style, active listening, time and space, imitation, ').

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


Comprehension of problems and stakes of philosophy of music and aesthetic on the basis of precise questions, both historic and thematic. The course and guided works will allow students to acquire a sufficient detachment to deepen their own critical approach towards musical art.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Themes vary from a year to another. The professor emphasizes key periods that witnessed the birth of basic notions for the understanding of music, or fondamental concepts, studied in a diachronical way.
Teaching methods
The lectures will be given ex-cathedra by the professor. Those are agremented with musical exemples, pictures and videos. Students prepare the sceances through the reading of an article or a chapter coming from a reference monography.
Evaluation methods
Oral examination at the end of the session.
Other information
 Course material: a summary, a PowerPoint presentation and a bibliography of the course, as well as a lecture calendar will be available on the intranet.
Outre la bibliographie générale, les lectures obligatoires et/ou conseillées seront affichées en début d'année, selon le thème abordé par l'enseignant.
Bibliographie générale :
- Le sens de la musique, ed. de Violaine ANGER, Paris, éd. rue d'Ulm (Aesthetica), 2005, 2 vol.
- Articles consacrées à la philosophie de la musique (B. VAN WYMEERSCH) dans Esthétique et Philosophie de l'art. Repères historiques et thématiques, sous la dir. de L'atelier d'esthétique (D.LORIES, TH. LENAIN. et al.), Bruxelles, De Boeck, 2002.
- E. LIPPMAN, A History of Western Musical Aesthetics. Lincoln & London, University of Nebraska Press, 1992.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [60] in Philosophy

Master [120] in History of Art and Archaeology : General

Master [60] in History of Art and Archaeology: Musicology

Teacher Training Certificate (upper secondary education) - Philosophy

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : French as a Foreign Language

Master [120] in History of Art and Archaeology: Musicology

Master [120] in Philosophy