40 More Hits of Our Times, Book 2 by Leeds Music Corporation

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The failure of the revolutions accordingly marked the moment when those idealist myths were shattered, when artists and intellectuals withdrew from politics to art, from engagement to detachment. Wagner’s biography around the mid-century speaks for the larger tendency. It is in this sense that we can justly claim that the age of Romanticism ended in 1848. Indeed it is reasonable to regard Romanticism as the counterpart within imaginative culture to the rise of political liberalism in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries (given radical expression in the idea as 31 C.

Beauty is therefore connected to the human freedom to judge without the restriction of rules. The result for the Romantics is a link between non-inferential aesthetic judgements based on the aspect of the subject that is not reducible to concepts and the subject’s related, non-inferential, immediate awareness that its existence transcends what it can know of itself. These two aspects of the subject become linked by the concept of ‘feeling’, and music is often regarded as the primary means of understanding feeling in this particular sense, as in this passage from Schlegel’s lectures on philosophy of 1804–5: Now if feeling is the root of all consciousness, then the direction of language [towards cognition] has the essential deficit that it does not grasp and comprehend feeling deeply enough, only touches its surface .

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