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Old October 6th, 2017, 10:18 AM   #1
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What would Beethoven think?


What would Beethoven think of Miles Davis? I think he would have been perplexed at first, but I don't think he would have rejected it out of hand. Jazz is based on improvisation and all composers "improvise" as they compose. However, with jazz improvistion is ususally done in place of a fixed score. JS Bach enjoyed improvisation for its own sake. I think Beethoven would have been intrigued.

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He would say, "fugue it!"

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I think that he would have found very normal. Miles, I mean. As he would have not understand classical soloists, learning by heart the cadenzas written by someone, can call themselves "musicians".
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"That tuning took far too long."
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Offspring was implying that Beethoven would think that Miles Davis was tuning his instrument and not playing it.
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Offspring was implying that Beethoven would think that Miles Davis was tuning his instrument and not playing it.
He might have. I honestly have no idea what he would have thought of Miles Davis. However taking a simple repeating theme and developing it, in this case through improvisation, would not have been foreign to him. Davis was actually rebelling against the increasing complexity of jazz in the late 1950s. He didn't like what he might have thought of as "show off" virtuosity without emotional content. In any case if Beethoven thought Miles Davis was just tuning, what would he have thought of Ghostface Killah?

Anyway Miles's answer to "I don't like your music." would be "So What".

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"I hope my tinnitus progresses faster."
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Most of the generation that thinks the greatest music ever came from Pink Floyd would probably agree with you about Ghostface Killah.
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