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jan 2, 1941 - Adorno - Popular vs. Serious

Description:

Adorno distinguished the two types of music however he only defined "serious" music by what it is not
"popular" music is characterized by standardization --> adherence to simple, stereotyped musical patters, forms of songs are "frozen" by the market, pseudo-individuation (adding runs and accidentals to mask underlying conformity to a standard model)

CRITIQUES
- biased towards eurocentric classical tradition (which also contains standardization)
- neglects social, historical and geographic contexts of music focusing only on structure
- fails to consider that "popular" music can be disruptive and act as opposition to established systems
- doesn't recognize possibility of active listeners (constructing musical meaning for themselves)

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Popular Music After 1945

Date:

jan 2, 1941
Now
~ 77 years ago
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