Psychedelic Strauss

Phil Ford

"If we were to search for a name to convey the breakaway mood of the 1890s (a mood symbolized musically by the opening bars of Strauss's Don Juan) but without imposing a fictitious unity of style on the age, we could do worse than revert to Hermann Bahr's term 'modernism' and speak of a stylistically open-ended 'modernist music' extending (with some latitude) from 1890 to the beginnings of our own twentieth-century modern music in 1910." Carl Dahlhaus, Nineteenth-Century Music (trans. J. Bradford Robinson), 334.


(Printer-jammed Don Juan rescued from a music library photocopier)

About Phil Ford

Chairman of the Committee for the Memorial to the Victims of Modernism
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5 Responses to Psychedelic Strauss

  1. That’s just wonderful.

  2. ECG says:

    Sweet Jones what a beautiful image. Who needs Photoshop?

  3. Christian Conkle says:

    How gorgeous! It looks like somebody was copying a score and knocked it sideways as the scanner was moving across it. I’m fascinated trying to visualize the motion of the score. (Remember that the X axis of this image is not just left-to-right, it’s also time!) You can see one staff go from “2 Clarinetten in A” all the way to… well, “A ni netteniralC 2”. And those wild twisting bar lines and staff lines… Thanks for rescuing this.

  4. Ren B says:

    I wonder if it would change too much if it was straight… I guess not!

  5. That IS cool! Stolen it for a post – hope you don’t mind!

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