Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Music of the future

~From Roots of the Classicalby Peter Van der Merwe, page 377:

The music of the future! What an intoxicating notion--and what a marvellous excuse for obscurity! No wonder it proved so popular. Yet its practical effects were surprisingly limited. To sloganize and pamphlateer was one thing; to put notes on paper, quite another. Composers soon discovered that being 'in advance of one's time' is more easily said than done. The real innovations were rather the outcome of stylistic cross-fertilization, mainly between east and west, than of any striving after novelty.

People are only 'ahead of their time' in retrospect.



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