- Copyright Page
- Tables, Charts, and Music Examples
- The Art of Listening and Its Histories: An Introduction
- Researching Audience Behaviors in Nineteenth-Century Paris: Who Cares if You Listen?
- The Well-Mannered Auditor: Zones of Attention and the Imposition of Silence in the Salon of the Nineteenth Century
- The Problem of Eclectic Listening in French and German Concerts, 1860–1910
- The Crisis of Listening in Interwar Germany
- Listening as a Practice of Everyday Life: The Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and Its Audiences in the Second World War
- Turning <i>Liebhaber</i> into <i>Kenner</i>: Forkel’s Lectures on the Art of Listening, ca. 1780–1785
- Designated Attention: The Transformation of Music Announcements in Leipzig’s Concert Life, 1781–1850
- Concert Listening the British Way?: Program Notes and Victorian Culture
- “What Ought to be Heard”: Touristic Listening and the Guided Ear
- Architectural Acoustics and the Trained Ear in the Arts: A Journey from 1780 to 1830
- Amateurs and Auditors: Listening to the British Musical Festival, 1810–1835
- The Intimate Art of Listening: Music in the Private Sphere During the Nineteenth Century
- Symmetries in Spaces, Symmetries in Listening: Musical Theater Buildings in Europe ca. 1900
- Music in the Air—Listening in the Streets: Popular Music and Urban Listening Habits in Berlin ca. 1900
- The Opera-Telephone in Munich: A Short History
- First Re-Creations: Psychology, Phonographs, and New Cultures of Listening at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century
- Experiencing High Fidelity: Sound Reproduction and the Politics of Music Listening in the Twentieth Century
- Capturing the Landscape Within: On Writing the History of Experience
- Listening and Possessing
- Is Listening to Music an Art in Itself—or Not?
- “Everybody in the Concert Hall should be Devoted Entirely to the Music”: On the Actuality of Not Listening to Music in Symphonic Concerts
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter discusses features of the extensively used attribution “art of listening” in contexts of therapy, partially New Age–like capacity building, sociology, and music. The second section comments on the relationship between music listening and music appreciation. The key assumption discussed is that understanding (described as a process of relating oneself to something or somebody) unfolds as activities that can be increased respectively between four poles: creating meaning, making music, generating emotion, and deepening reflection. Finally, the chapter returns to the question: Is listening to music an art—or not? Agreeing with Adam Heinrich Müller’s assumption that “the art of listening” stands for creating meaning autonomously, this question is answered in the affirmative.
Wolfgang Gratzer, Universität Mozarteum Salzburg
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