Hermeneutics decodes the message of a work rather than describing its outward form. The general hermeneutics of Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834) is highly suggestive for music, and hermeneutic prescriptions by Rochlitz (1798), Nägeli (1802), Brendel (1845), and Kretzschmar (1903-07) provide a framework for interpretive music analysis in the 19th c. Elucidatory analysis aims to reveal the content or substance of music. Newly translated analyses by Berlioz, Wagner, Lenz, Elterlein, Spitta, Wolzogen, and Kretzschmar exemplify the category. The operation of the hermeneutic circle shuttles between the whole and part, objective and subjective, to yield the music’s message. Analyses by Momigny, Hoffmann, Schumann, Basevi, Marx, and Helm are used.

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This European project (KA 203 Strategic Partnership) created by Salvatore Gioveni promotes cross-border collaboration in the field of Music Theory through sharing knowledge and transferring pedagogical innovation. It thus responds to a lack of centralised source and framework to deepen reflection by means of cross-disciplinary study at European and international level.

There is a significant wealth of educational practices from one country to another in this sector, especially in terms of harmonic musical notation and analysis. However, HMEI's are facing the nonexistence of a European network for pedagogical staff in Music Theory so far. To improve the situation, the project will among other things develop several intellectual outputs such as Online Platform (IO 1), an EU Bibliography (IO 2), a Repository Courses (IO 3), a Multilingual Glossary (IO 4) and an Exchange Online Learning Platform.

Besides the Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles as leader and manager of the project, the following partner institutions are involved: Music Academy S. Moniuszki Gdańsk (Gdańsk, Poland), F. Liszt Academy of Music Budapest (Budapest, Hungary), Estonian Academy for Music and Theatre (Tallinn, Estonia), HfMTh "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" (Leipzig, Germany).

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