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Re: Is lilypond really suitable for composing?

From: Karlin High
Subject: Re: Is lilypond really suitable for composing?
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2018 07:52:57 -0500
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On 3/25/2018 6:43 AM, Kieren MacMillan wrote:
Apparently you haven’t been to any new classical music concerts in the last 
half-century. It’s*quite*  clear that many composers — especially inexperienced 
ones — have no problem composing dissonant pieces without access to the the 
actual timbre and overtone composition of the music they’re writing.

There was a time when the first performance of a recent commission struck fear into the most broad-minded listener. We used to brace ourselves for horror and were rarely disappointed. In those days, the struggle to write more atonally than the next man was palpable. No self-respecting composer would pen a concord if he wanted to be taken seriously by his peers: to do so was to be compared to those who made soft-harmony arrangements of famous melodies. Now soft harmony has become dignified, with all manner of clever names — tintinnabuli, holy minimalism; while popular tunes are quickly identified as being ‘chant’, and quoted whole.
- Peter Phillips

Karlin High
Missouri, USA

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