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I agree with Max. Listen and listen. I especially appreciated his reference to Shoenberg and Webern. When first introduced to them in college, I almost walked out of the room. Having professor who studied with Varesse (xcuse sp if wrong) certainly helped. It took a while for me to appreciate this 'new' type of music. Ironically, both these composers were ...


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It may just be different metrics. Bach is a master of giving self-sufficient parts to each instrument while maintaining a harmonic framework and keeping much more rules of composing practice than he breaks. Now a self-sufficient part means melodic material, and melodic material is at its heart composed of scales. So what you hear is, indeed, just ...


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I don't think it's any of those three reasons. The Baroque tradition is very different, and for many, including western listeners steeped in the western canon, the music of Bach is an acquired taste. But, as with different cuisines from different cultures, the unexpected juxtaposition of familiar ingredients sometimes don't encourage easy acceptance or ...



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