Re: On the Grammar of Music (John Croft )

Subject: Re: On the Grammar of Music
From:    John Croft  <mfmxhjcc(at)STUD.MAN.AC.UK>
Date:    Sat, 28 Apr 2001 18:11:59 +0100

on 28/4/01 13:34, O.T.Furnes at oddtf(at)IMT.UIO.NO wrote: > If I present myself saying: "hello, I'm Odd" - I'm afraid many would agree to > that - not in the Norwegian meaning of the word though. If English were > "techno" and Norwegian were "bebop" - a C7#5b9 would in techno sound odd in > the english use of the word and would in jazz sound "odd" in the norwegian > denotation. I think one has to be careful with analogies like this -- it would be easy enough to make an immediately acceptable piece of music with elements of techno and bebop -- this kind of this is done all the time, and it is usually fairly easy to accept as music, in a way that a spontaneous hybrid of Norwegian and English would not. In other words, stylistic variation in music is (potentially) continuous -- it seems to me that this is a significant disanalogy with linguistic grammatical correctness. John _______________________________________

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