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Slovenská hudba, Vol. 42, No 4, p.341-402

Title: Hudobnoestetické názory Jána Levoslava Bellu do roku 1881
Author: František Kôpka

Abstract: Ján Levoslav Bella is arguably the most prominent figure of the 19th century Slovak music. His aesthetic thoughts on music subsume two main topics: the reform of church music and the problem of so-called national music. Both of them belong to the most discussed topics in the 19th century music in Central Europe. Together with his study for Matica slovenská, the basic source of understanding of Bella’s views are his articles that appeared in various contemporary periodicals in the 1860s and 1870s.
Since Bella’s thoughts on the reform of church music have met with much less attention in the secondary literature up to now than his thoughts regarding national music, one of the goals of this study is to bring some new information with respect to this aspect of Bella’s as a publicist and composer based on a broader primary source research. For a better understanding of the context in which Bella formulated his ideas on the reform of church music, in one of the chapters we focus on outlining the ideals of the movement and its inspirational background.
The same effort at outlining a broader context is made with regard to Bella’s better-known articles presenting his ideas on national music. Again we find this context useful for summarizing Bella’s inspirational sources and a tentative problematizing of their existing interpretation. In the appendix we bring two articles and journalistic contributions of Bella’s not mentioned in the available secondary literature up to now.
This study is not meant to be a synthetic work aiming at bringing a conclusive list of Bella’s articles and journalistic contributions and their evaluation. Its main goal is rather to fill in the blank space with regard to understanding this important figure of Slovak music and

Year: 2016, Volume: 42, Issue: 4 Page From: 341, Page To: 402

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