Re: MD SQ-SQ tension in Mozart's Symphony No38

Date: Mon Feb 16 2004 - 17:46:49 GMT

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    In a message dated 2/16/04 12:45:48 PM GMT Standard Time,

    > If it's snobby to find some music better than other music (I don't
    > consider drum beating music), then I happily plead guilty. My question to
    > you: Why mess around with less than the best of human achievement? Why
    > compromise on quality?
    > Regards,
    > Platt

    Dear Platt,
    You raise interesting questions. I am not sure if i can shine a light on
    them, but we do agree there is a region of musical excellence, at least in the
    Western tradition?
    There is also one in the East, and to us it may sound like absolute rubbish?
    I have found Indian Raga to be on a par with Mozart, better even, and i say
    that because Indian Raga is very Dynamic.
    This leads me to the central point as i understand it: SQ-SQ tension.
    That tension IS us at the moment of listening, plus the patterns of the music
    - in the event stream - DQ in action.
    For those banging drums, that experience is valid also.
    Maybe a modern composer may take sophisticated drum patterns, apply them to
    Mozart like harmonics, and move on towards new things?

    All the best,

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