New Music Style will be Romantic and Individualistic. Times are changing. Ugly and trite music is out. With the change over, new personalities are appearing. This is true artistically and politically. I begin by referring to David Dubal. His book is Reflections from the Keyboard: The World of the Concert Pianist. I found his interview with pianist/conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy quite illuminating. Dubal has given pianorecitals and master classes worldwide. He has also judged international piano competitions (to include the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition). Dubal has taught at the Juilliard School since 1983. He taught at the Manhattan School of Music from 1994 until 2015.
So why the New Music Style?
Dubal questions Ashkenazy as to why he pays so little attention to recent music. He answers with a discussion about how today’s music is coming to a dead end. The following story is related. He had appeared on the same program as a certain modern composer. I (blogger David Ohrenstein) quote Ashkenazy’s words as he talked to the composer after the concert-“Did you like the performance of your piece?” He replied, “Yes, it was very well performed, but it is such an ugly piece of music.” I said, “But you are the composer!”. “Yes, I know I’m the composer. But all I see and hear around me is ugliness, so that’s what I put down on the paper.”
Why Do We Need the New Music Style Immediately?
When times are good, we can tolerate some ugliness. Certainly, we have. During difficult times we need relief. My arch example involves Hoagy Carmichael. Click on the internal link below. It explains this statement. Mark my prediction: Romance and the Romantic style are returning. It is the wave of the future. We all need relief from ugliness. The ballroom dancing CD is a product on DSOworks.com
Earthmusic results from each planet Having its own musical motif as per Kepler. He analyzed the speeds of the planets at various parts of their orbits. Then he translated their ratios into musical tones. Wait ’till you read about the Earth’s. Perhaps that might explain the hardships we seem to have here. It will all be in my upcoming book, Music Under the Zodiac. One of its goals is to present musical therapy in a new light. The following quote from my book is based on information found in Guy Murchie’s Music of the Spheres.
How Do Planets Have Musical Motifs or Melodies?
Johannes Kepler (1571- 1630) actually came up with melodies for each planet by computing their velocities at different parts of their orbits. These ratios were then changed to ratios of musical tones. Earth’s tones were “mi, fa, mi”. In Latin he said it stood for “miseria, famina miseria”. It translates to misery, famine and more misery. Mercury was the soprano, Venus a contralto, Mars was the falsetto tenor, while the giant planets of Jupiter and Saturn were deeply bass.
How can we, on planet Earth, can change the tune? By giving our own personal melodies more dimension. Too many so called “Melodies” of today’s compositions consist of two different notes. Punk and rap music are sources of such genres. On a good day, they might have three notes. Or, Heaven forbid, four. Our melody needs more breath and scope. Melody needs contour and contrast. Just look at Hoagy Carmichael’s best musical seller, Stardust, for example: Here’s the story: The rhythms of the 1920’s had taken top billing in music. Nobody wanted to publish Hoagy Carmichael’s Stardust. It had long phrases of beautiful melody. Then, the Great Depression Hit. We had misery, famine and more misery. The very next year, Stardust become a number one hit. It took dust from a star, or Stardust, to counter the misery on our planet during the Great Depression that began in 1929. How ironic!
EARTHMUSIC (or lack of it) WAS COUNTERED BY HOAGY CARMICHAEL’S STARDUST- Hoagy at Work.
One Musical Hoagy Please? This blog takes a look at the timing of American musical trends. It uses the songwriter, Hoagy Carmichael, to illustrate the point. In the past, dominant melody and then dominant rhythm have taken turns in ten year periods. Individual writers here and there have written melodic works in a rhythmic era and vice versa; but there has been a ten year rhythmic cycle in public taste.
Hoagy Carmichael’s Epoch Making Song- Stardust One Musical Hoagy Please? Here’s the story.An effective way to gain some insight into these cycles involves the classic song, Stardust. It was written in the late 1920’s by Hoagy Carmichael. Hoagy made a fortune with it because of the Great Depression which began in October of 1929.
GOOD TIMES = RHYTHMICAL SONGS
Earlier, January of 1929, Joe walks downtown, he’s upbeat because “everything’s coming up roses.” He has plenty of money, a good looking dame and one of those new- fangled automobiles. He has a bounce in his gait and moves to the rhythm of the quick step song, “Five-Foot-Two”. The last thing he wants to hear is a long- winded beautiful melody. What a damper melody is!Continue reading