The Myth of Formalistic Aesthetics --Shostakovich’s Early Vocal Cycle and Principles of Formal beauty

  •  Mizhong Lin    


As one of the most “mysterious” and “complex” composer in 20th century, Shostakovich’s creative ideas hidden and suggested in the complicated musical appearance have always been indulged in elaborating. In the present paper, rhythm, pitch and dynamics ect. as the entry point to be dissected for Shostakovich’s early vocal cycle. I will prove that the musical aesthetics idea of Shostakovich’s early creation according to music analytics data. The results showed that his early vocal cycle was significantly affected by the aesthetics of formalism. Several aesthetic principles, such as symmetry, golden section, unity of variety, have been used very frequently in his works. Due to that the formal beauty of music can be highly emphasized, the “formal beauty as the pure beauty” concept comes clear.

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