Sunday, October 28, 2018

semi-incubation again

There's going to be a review of Spirit-Filled Jesus eventually; and a post about a recently cancelled interview with Driscoll for a podcast; and other stuff ...

But there's such a thing as wishing to spend a weekend reading and doing other stuff.  Hilary Hahn's new recording of Bach sonatas and partitas just came out recently, for instance.  Plus there's some musical work going on IRL that I've been tackling in the last week or so.  Sometimes a composer has to slow down the composing long enough to fine tune scores. 

I finished a fascinating book by Matthew Riley recently about the minor-key symphony in the Viennese tradition during the era of Haydn and Mozart.  It's as much a technical academic monograph as the mere description of it sounds but it's a worthwhile read if you're a composer interested in 18th century music.  It's becoming clearer that Hepokoski & Darcy's Elements of Sonata Theory and William Caplin's Classical Forms have kickstarted a new wave (however small or mid-sized ... because there cannot and probably never will be a big craze) of formal analysis.  I have found both books spectacularly useful and not just for analysis; I think these two books have been immensely valuable for me to study as a composer because between the sentence-level microstructural paradigms of Caplin and the macrostructural formal analysis of Hepokoski & Darcy their respective approaches provide the formal and theoretical tools that I find useful for fusions of American popular/vernacular idioms with "classical" forms.  Matthew Riley's monograph relies on both the Elements approach and Caplin approach. 

Some kind of book review will eventually emerge for that book.  But I've also got stuff I want to write about Jacques Ellul's The Empire of Non-Sense at some point, too. 

and ... I'm still in my Adorno binge and there's multiple reasons for that but a preview of possible coming attractions is to highlight in advance that one of the things I find weird about the Scruton/Borstlap critique of Adorno for having paved the way for the inhuman sound-churning of total serialism is that now that I'm in my Adorno binge-reading phase for another project (a Francis Schaeffer-themed project) it turns out Adorno condemned total serialism in terms that were at least as sweeping and vitriolic as Scruton's ... back in 1955.  But that's how things have been going here at the blog, where things have to incubate a while. 

And much as I love to write music that Hilary Hahn CD just got released and I love me some J. S. Bach. 

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