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The End of Early MusicA Period Performer's History of Music for the Twenty-First Century$
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Bruce Haynes

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195189872

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189872.001.0001

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Passive and Active Musicking

Passive and Active Musicking

Stop Staring and Grow Your Own

(p.203) 12 Passive and Active Musicking
The End of Early Music

Bruce Haynes

Oxford University Press

If music is to remain a living art, the concept of performer as arranger/co-composer must be revived. We should share the sense of freedom that musicians felt at the time, not just in arranging their own and other people's compositions, but in writing new ones. However, it will be something of a miracle to overcome our habitual canonic thinking, which constrains us to play the same pieces over and over again, like cover bands. The modern cover band typically imitates one of the famous rock groups of the late 1960s, like the Beatles or Led Zeppelin. Cover bands may wear the same clothes and hairdos, or act the same way as their models. The basic attribute of cover bands, however, is that they play someone else's music. This chapter discusses the cover band mentality, the border between composing and performing, improvisation by the performer, style-copying in composing, Period composition, the genius barrier, and designer labels.

Keywords:   cover bands, composition, improvisation, style-copying, genius barrier, designer labels, Period composition

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