One retort I've heard against Scaruffi-haters is that people say "Scaruffi values innovation! He doesn't like anyone who is derivative!"
If that's so, then why does he have Elliott Carter's Symphony of Three Orchestras on his GOAT list? Accessible here under "Most significant works of music 1950-1990 ": http://www.scaruffi.com/jazz/best100.html
That work is derivative of Stockhausen's Gruppen, which already performed the same concept.
>Gruppen (German: Groups) for three orchestras (1955–57) is amongst the best-known compositions of German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, and is Work Number 6 in the composer's catalog of works. Gruppen is "a landmark in 20th-century music . . . probably the first work of the post-war generation of composers in which technique and imagination combine on the highest level to produce an undisputable masterpiece" (Smalley 1967, 794).
Similarly, why is Shostakovich's 15th Symphony placed on the almighty altar of #1, when it is but a footnote in his Ouerve particularly compared to his 14th Symphony, which utilized radical instrumentation choices as well as causing massive protest over its stark portrayal of death?
>The absence from the symphony of redemption or transcendence drew protests not only in the Soviet Union but also in the West, where the work was considered both obsessive and limited spiritually. Shostakovich was determined to avoid false consolation. This intent was a prime stimulus in writing the work. Some have found that the work's embracing of human mortality has been expressed with tremendous clarity. Others have found the work bleakly pessimistic and, especially in its opening De Profundis, virtually nihilistic. Regardless of opinion, the Fourteenth in performance is agreed to be a profound and powerful experience.
>>55375726 >progressive, metal, artsy fartsy rock are made by boring pretentious white dudes >hip hop is really a cultural revolution, up to date with the struggles of modern society, danceable and funky >has a sense of humor You mean he tries to be witty when writing his shallow reviews, often throwing buzzwords instead of focusing on the music, right?
Also the overwhelming presence of hiphop garbage in his list shows his love for the BBC and the proto-SJW aspects of his taste.
>>55375856 >BBC and the proto-SJW Those are some nice memes sir but could we get some arguments or maturity to go with them? >>55375891 You can't evaluate critics based on whether or not you agree with them.
>progressive, metal, artsy fartsy rock are made by boring pretentious white dudes
This is mostly true though. Regardless of SJW or whatever, Rap music has evolved enormously in the last 20 years and has a very broad palette of different subject matter, personalities, lyrics, prosody, instrumentation, etc.
While Rock and especially Metal literally stopped evolving around 1985. Although Metal had a last gasp in the 90s. But for the past 15 years it's all been drab as fuck. Same instruments, same lyrics, same vocals, same tempos, same aesthetics, same everything.
but seriously, Radiohead bring the same degree of experimentation to their music as David Bowie: precisely none - of their own at least
they just packaged other artists innovations into a pop amalgam they knew people would buy. but it's not dramatically different from any electro-based pop music, no matter what you heard from Pitchfork
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