387 • Facets

In the Classical style the smaller parts (harmonic progression) are self-similar to the larger parts (structural form) in a musical composition in a proportionate, architectural manner.

In the Romantic style or the smaller parts became more fluid while the larger parts remained classical - an evolutionary process.

In the Late-Romantic style both parts became more and more fluid until they fully dissolved, deteriorated, mixed, or scrambled in the Modern Style.

This inevitably brought musical evolution to a screeching halt (after the humanity defying inferno of the Great World War Conflict of 1914-1945) and since then stylistic cloning commenced for the past 50 odd years. But cloning prevents evolution - due to degradation - and musical language in the western world will have to consider itself possibly at a dead end by the 16th clone generation.

Could we instead imagine a Past Post-Contemporary Meta-Romantic Style in which relations between harmonic progressions (of phrases that we understand and experience emotionally) and elements of form (such as cadence, sequence, modulation, and phrase) remain comprehensible and communicative to a cultivated ear?


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