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July 21, 2009

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Interesting quotation and good questions you raise. My years (alright, decades!) of playing piano, first taking lessons, then giving them, not to mention analysing these classical works as well as their baroque (etc!) forebears, means they are still more accessible to me than more contemporary works, but I think you're absolutely right that pop's adoption of, and play with, the kinds of harmonies and structures and (non) melodies that used to shock means that we don't have to do as much intellectual filtering to appreciate what used to be thought of as avant-garde. We're also, through many branches of "ethnic" music, much broader to possibilities, I'd say, than the more Euro-centric audience of a hundred, even fifty, years ago.
Thanks for the reference to what looks like an interesting read.

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