Roger Knox· Registered
It looks like the OP for this thread has been deleted. Anyway, your mention of (1) "music as an art form;" and of (2) "the philosophical study of aesthetics" caught my eye.... I think what you are speaking to is that music is an art form. The philosophical study of aesthetics is really at the heart of it.
Re (1): it has been a concern for many including me that we so often miss the artistry in music in our TC discussions. Yet verbalizing our musical experiences is difficult. Over a lifetime of working in music, talk about musical artistry has come mostly in the form of side remarks, quotes, and occasional enlightening commentaries. Sporadic articles and books on music criticism sometimes directly address music as an art form, and sometimes don't. "Taste" isn't mentioned much anymore and superlatives with accompanying explication seem to be frowned upon, even in reference to compositions that we believe deserve them. As for (2): aesthetics -- philosophical or otherwise -- is seldom even surveyed in university music programs that I know of. Again, there are a few books that one can resort to, possibly more than I'm aware of. If anyone has comments or can recommend good sources, I'd be interested.