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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000073.txt from 1997/09

From: (Al Chiavarini)
Subj: Re: you call that music?
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 1997 12:11:40 -0400


On Tue, 2 Sep 1997 09:00:50 +0600 (Frank
Garcia) writes:
>Personally, I used to possess a similar, elitist attitude that is
>professed about Lawrence Welk (and M. Manson). There are a few things
>have to say about the subject.
>1. Not all music is meant to be analyzed, or perhaps even "listened
>Movie music, elevator music, lounge music, etc. are meant to provide a
>musical backdrop and enhance an audience's atmosphere. Just imagine
>some of
>our favorite movies without music.
>Line dancing, The Hustle, the Twist, the Polka, the jitterbug, the
>Charleston, all had music written in a specific style to provide "a
>beat that's easy to dance to". Is the music that accompanies these
>forms (the Bee Gees, Donna Summers, Glenn Miller, Lawrence Welk, etc.)
>valid? It really makes no difference, because the main goal of these
>musical forms is to entertain. There is a varying degree of musical
>creativity and intent, and granted this music may not possess the same
>"aesthetic" or "poetic" substance as a Mahler symphony, but the music
>the above-mentioned artists definitely served its purpose.
>2. People possess different music listening skills. Berg may be music
>some, racket to others. The unfortunate thing is that many of us who
>and "understand" Berg's music look down our noses at those who do not.
>rarely if ever see a Lawrence Welk fan looking down their nose at me
>not knowing his music.
>The word Music is used to describe an incredibly diverse range of
>Devo, Gregorian chant, Ivo Papasov, John Cage, Cecil Taylor, Bach,
>Welk, etc. Music is many different things to different people. For me,
>music serves many purposes. It reminds of the past, moves me to tears,
>makes me dance, and communicates in way that goes deeper than words.
>So, if
>I was deserted on an island, and could only bring 10 cd's, would I
>Wozzeck or Lulu? Probably not. Lawrence Welk? Would I bring
>Beatles? the Police? maybe. Would I bring Ravel? Definitely. To each
>I am writing my views in hopes that the students on the list will
>desire to broaden their musical knowledge and experience. It is a
>that the opinions of some of the teachers or pontificators on this
>list are
>so conservative and narrow. As for the snobby and limited writers
>this subject, I'm afraid it's too late to learn and appreciate all
>that the
>world of music has to offer. As they say, you can't teach an old
>Frank Garcia

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