On Realism in Music

  • Cvetka Bevc


The history of music does not consider realism as a style tied up to a certain era. A realistic mode of expression, however, crystallized in the 19th century. Realism in music can be regarded as a function of a certain mode of expression that, by means of imitation, description, word, symbol and emotion, complements a naturalistic, descriptive, poetic, symbolic and psychological realistic approach. An archetypal model of a realistic mode of expression was formed in the music of the ancient world in accordance with the origins of musical thought to become one of aesthetic-structural categories of West-European music.


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BevcC. (1991). On Realism in Music. Musicological Annual, 27(1), 61-65. https://doi.org/10.4312/mz.27.1.61-65