The Crisis of Musical Aesthetics in the 21st Century
This essay is an attempt to understand the reasons for the current crisis of musical aesthetics. It examines the function
of this discipline as the mediator between philosophy and musicology, it inquires into its connections with the ideals of
autonomy, beauty and free subjectivity. During the 20th Century, major changes in society and their communication forms happened;
anthropology and semiotics began to compete with aesthetics in explaining musical facts. The last paragraphs test the chances
of resistance of musical aesthetics; musical meaning appears to be the only question which endured in spite of the considerable
fragmentation and loss of profile of musical experience.