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Re: (OT) Music

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Tuesday, June 11, 2002, 16:18
Dirk Elzinga scripsit:

> I've listened to a lot of Xenakis in the past, and I confess that he > doesn't do much for me. Perhaps I'm not experienced enough in his > idiom, or maybe his music is just crap. I'm not willing to make that > judgement, though. I'm glad to hear that his music does reach someone!
I will argue, indeed, that value judgements like this are not and cannot be founded in anything objective: they reflect only the history of taste, or at best the subjective judgments of practitioners in the field about what is useful/interesting and what is not. True criticism begins in what we call "uncritical", but rightly should be called pre-critical, appreciation; its end product is not value judgement, but comprehensive understanding. -- John Cowan <jcowan@...> I amar prestar aen, han mathon ne nen, han mathon ne chae, a han noston ne 'wilith. --Galadriel, _LOTR:FOTR_


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