Friday, March 09, 2007

Post Ugly Music?

Here's a new collection posted at Sequenza21 of music by a slew of fine composers with the very clever title 13 Ways of Looking at the Goldberg. I wonder why the people at Sequenza21 are calling the kind of music that people are now writing "post-ugly music?" There must be a better phrase. Why do we have to label periods anyway? During the first three quarters of the 20th century, before "minimilism" became the new musical genre of high-profile note, there were a whole lot of people writing music that was (and still is) quite beautiful. It just wasn't "hip" to like it.

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