>>61975458 Near the pinnacle of modern music, Eastman's repertoire is so unfairly glazed over in the overly white sophisticate as to make me sick, but to make such beautiful, inspiring works into mere political statements (though that they are, in part) would be to reduce one of the most amazing careers in music ever to nothing more than that of a typical Marxist activist, and that treatment may be a fate even worse than public ignorance.
The works on display here are titanic. "Stay on It" opens the set, and immediately, it is revealed that there is such a thing as a populist minimalist. But that is the name of the game for Eastman - a shatterer of preconceived notions, and one of the very few in the avant-garde to make John fucking Cage seem conservative by comparison (see: his outburst at Eastman's choice of material while performing one of his open-ended pieces that instructed the vocalist to "Give a lecture"). I could go on for days about how "If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich?," though the worst of the set, far outstrips the careers of most modern composers entirely; how "The Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc" is a more "classical" approach for Eastman, and it succeeds endlessly; how his highly political "Nigger Trilogy" could easily be called the greatest triptych ever conceived in music; and how the "1, 2, 3, 4!" of "Evil Nigger" separates the most impactful bars of music I've yet heard.
>>61975529 Yeah, just because the music isn't from Western Europe, North America, or Japan doesn't make it obscure. It might be obscure TO YOU, but that's not because it's obscure (because it certainly isn't to a lot of people), but because you are an ignorant (which is not a bad thing, it just is).
>>61975571 Don't call something obscure because you don't know about it. How would you feel if a friend told you that they like this pretty obscure band called Neutral Milk Hotel? He wouldn't know that they aren't really obscure, but you would; in the same way you think that music is obscure yet some people don't.
>>61975883 i dont really see it in that post. from what i can tell his point, aside from not liking eastman, is simply that appraising some music just because it's obscure is a bad thing. that's not even necessarily in opposition to yours, like "how well or not something is known shouldn't matter to your liking or assessment"
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