Thinking about “Modern” Music

Formal musical composition in the tradition of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Dvorak (to mention only a representative selection from a vast array) took a turn for the worse in the early 1900s. “Modern” music as it was then and has remained, consists of the following styles:

Gloomy music for a gloomy day/event/epoch — sometimes vocalized for extra dreariness.

Hyper-caffeinated cacophony for noise addicts.

Ponderous musical platitudes, piled high and at great length.

Random noise and random silence, in various proportions.

Throw in dissonance, atonality, lack of rhythm — and just plain non-musicality — and you’ve got “modern” music.

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