Susanne Langer's Concept of Secondary Illusion in Music and Art

Reichling, Mary J.
December 1995
Journal of Aesthetic Education;Winter95, Vol. 29 Issue 4, p39
Academic Journal
The article presents an essay that focus on the examination and explication of the concept of Susanne Langer on secondary illusions that drew in examples from both music and art. She maintained that illusions may be characterized as apparitions of something similar that may enhance the expressiveness of a work of art as well as offer a kind of inward vision. She believed that every art form has its own primary illusion where in application to music, she believed that music gave an auditory apparition of time. She emphasized that illusions are created effects and considered primary illusion as space and structured it through depicting people.


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