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September 20, 2005


Michael J. West

I don't scoff at any kind of classical music adaptations; I actually think they're quite important, musicologically speaking.

An 18th century English writer named Joseph Addison wrote an essay on wit--specifically, on what did and didn't count as wit. He concluded that, "The only way...to try a Piece of Wit, is to translate it into a different Language: If it bears the Test, you may pronounce it true; but if it vanishes in the Experiment, you may conclude it to have been [false]."

I think that works in music, too: if you really want to test the quality and durability of a piece of music, you should translate it to another musical language. So consider an adaptation of classical as techno or jazz--or whatever--as a test of its real worth as music.

Charles Hulin

I appreciate your passion for American classical music and your commitment to sharing it with other folks in the blogosphere. I'll keep reading!

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