The music in the crisis and the dehumanization of contemporary art

Jorge Luis Farjat

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This edition is an excerpt from the book The crisis and dehumanization of art in the 20th century. Its representation in the music has been transcribed here according to chapters V-VII. The work is aimed at bringing the researcher, aesthete, academic professional or other reading public, closer, in a more direct and concise way, to the theme of the crisis in the music along with the other arts at the aesthetic level, which not only continues in the present century, but has also deepened.

The purposes of this study are aimed at showing, on the one hand, how dehumanization of contemporary music, particularly the massively distributed one, is related to the deterioration of its aesthetic function, considering the aesthetic fact as the main support of art. Therefore, an important part of this work is focused on showing the reasons of such decline.

On the other hand, the purpose is analyzing how this phenomenon is developed simultaneously with a historical crisis, typical of the 20th century, in which art, more than ever, is linked in a strong dependence on the socio-economical structures; therefore, music becomes an instrument of mass consumption at the service of the elites that run and manage the mass media.

An attempt is made to establish, in turn, one of the main factors that indicate the dehumanization of a large part of the music of that century and the present, that is, that its contents, also due to their psychological and physiological influence value, do not fit to the basic needs of man, but, on the contrary, are detrimental to their aesthetic, moral and spiritual evolution, and are, ultimately, the consequence of the expression of the ways of life that motivate them in this way.