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Interpretation instead of creation: Why early music replaced the contemporary production?



Year of publication 2014
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description Admittedly, this contribution is based predominantly on presumptions and hypotheses to be discussed. Recently there can be observed a strong tendency in the Czech music culture grounded in replacing contemporary music by early music. Tracing processes leading to such a paradoxical conditions we should examine many historical reasons. As a starting point the emergence of music historicism in the 19th century could be perceived. Since the first third of the 19th century a parallel existence of old and new music production started to emerge. Until 1960s' the New music maintained its position of the leading force in meeting the expectations of audience striving for something new. Following the crisis of the second avant-garde and rise of postmodernism the traditional and the old music acquired a quality of something surprisingly new. The New music movement definitely lost its audience due to the contempt and elitism. Early music movement evidently returns the human dimension into music with its certain inaccuracy, imperfection, fragility and deep emotionality. Has the New music definitely lost the battle? What are its chances for the near future?
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