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January 25, 2006

Or something like that.

I discovered a gold mine of wonderful literature about the materials of popular music through soundscape.info. There is a lot of material from a musicological point of view, but I’m interested in finding the nitty gritty about notes, chords, form and such. Author and music theorist Elizabeth Marvin suggested I read Walter Everett’s two volume set about the Beatles which I’ve just ordered. So, this material should be excellent preparation for my book on Rufus Wainwright’s music.

It does not allay my concerns about why this is not taught in conservatories and music schools. All too often, the 20th (21st) century gets short shrift in music theory classes so that chant through Brahms can be taught. Considering most classical music theory classes don’t have enough time to teach Debussy through Thomas Ades, it is no wonder that popular music gets squeezed out. I can only surmise that pop music theory is not valued in the academy. It is already popular and doesn’t need explaining or promoting.

Balderdash!

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