[JPL] No mercy: Hajdu on Kenton
carolsudhalter at hotmail.com
Sat Dec 10 09:29:05 EST 2011
Is he SERIOUS???
Thank God for articles like this:
...which remind us of what critics have said about other 'dubious' talents like Stravinsky, Chopin, Wagner. Here's a quote on Chopin! Incredible!:
These days, people tend to feel that Wagner's contemporary Chopin wrote nice tunes, but that was not the opinion of one Berlin critic: "In search of ear-rending dissonances, torturous transitions, sharp modulations, repugnant contortions of melody and rhythm, Chopin is altogether indefatigable."
Go figure!!! Thanks for sharing the article.
> From: EdBride at aol.com
> Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2011 11:56:13 -0500
> Subject: Re: [JPL] No mercy: Hajdu on Kenton
> To: jazzproglist at jazzweek.com
> Come on, David: don't pull any punches. What do you really think?
> This is one of the more extreme essays I've ever read about Kenton, and
> I've read them aplenty. Leonard Feather was once one of Kenton's biggest
> critics, but even he eventually came around, saying that Kenton's music had
> stood the test of time.
> Hajdu's vocabulary is certainly impressive, almost a metaphor for the music
> he is criticizing.
> There must be a name for this literary device.
> In a message dated 12/9/2011 11:49:32 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> tr at wfcr.org writes:
> BTW: I'm putting together my feature on Kenton for his centennial,
> digging deep in the Russo-Holman era of Kentonia.
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