Donna Summer – McArthur Park


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An evening pause: I especially like the energy of the song and performance. Everyone is moving, all the time. Can you imagine this happening during a symphonic performance of one of Beethoven’s symphonies in Europe in the early 1800s?

Hat tip Danae.

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  • “Can you imagine this happening during a symphonic performance of one of Beethoven’s symphonies in Europe in the early 1800s?”

    I once read a sci-fi story about the introduction of new music during the 19th century (you may have read the same story) in which the author posited that new music then had the same effect as new music now; but without the jading effects of mass media. New music then was truly new: prior to performance, it hadn’t been heard. Near riots might ensue for some of the edgier works. We’ve listened to ‘classical’ music for upwards of 300 years now, so the novelty is long gone, but back in the day . . .

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