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Cognitive Processes and Music Theory in the Socialist Czechoslovakia


MÜHLOVÁ Klára Hedvika

Year of publication 2021
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description Czechoslovak music theory of the 20th century, despite 40 years of isolation after 1948, developed its approaches and concepts trends that can be retrospectively assessed as very modern, and at the forefront of the musicology research efforts of the time. Established music psychology, the advent of new technologies, modern psychoacoustics, emerging music informatics (developing with the use of automatic computers), stimuli of electroacoustic music and electronic sound processing, or newly developed musical semiotics; offered domestic music theory new stimuli, responsible for development of new, in-depth view of the relationship between man and music, and its applications. Thus, both older psychologizing concepts (such as "musical hearing") and individual cognitive functions in their modern definition, such as musical perception, musical memory, attention, or musical thinking, come to the fore. These are gradually, spontaneously, dynamically and multi-layered evolving penetrations of cognitive perspectives on music-theoretical issues. The paper attempts to map the cognitive perspective in Czechoslovak music theory between 1948 and 1989, and asks which of the research trends of this epoch could be an inspiration for contemporary interdisciplinary research.
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