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Re: Hito's Thoughtful Insight

s_lush_s wrote:
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I listen to classical music. But that doesn't mean that we're not still talking about the French Revolution, The American Revolution, The Civil War and all the accompanying "tunes" and their significance as modern music and more importantly what they originally conveyed . . .
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But it's not uncommon to incorporate history into the perspective of an era and being detached from it, formulate an opinion that isn't so emotional, therefore a more detached view of the music . . .
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Could be the political times that lend to my fascination of a period.

Yeah! As in some so-called 'whimsical nonsense' lyrics of children's schoolyard rhymes, "pockets full of posies, ashes, ashes, all fall down," for example, being historically contemporaneous with horrific human tragedies. (In this case, Plague!)

Or as in some children's stories and fairy tales are actually about grotesque crimes? Murder and mayhem abound! (Hansel & Gretel, child murder and cannibalism, for example.)

Or more in keeping with your theme, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. Played at just about every July 4th Independence Day Celebration, almost everyone imagines that this patriotic tune is intimately associated with American history (victory over the British Empire in The War of 1812.) Actually it is about Russian heroes defending Moscow, and Napoleon's retreat from Russia. (also 1812)

Still. Interesting information, but does knowing these facts enhance or diminish the enjoyment of the Overture? Or fairy tales and nursery rhymes?

Nov 28, 2011, 03:06


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