The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #24525   Message #280885
Posted By: Joe Offer
19-Aug-00 - 06:12 PM
Thread Name: Help: 'The Devil's Music'
Subject: RE: Help: 'The Devil's Music'
Hi - a search of the Encyclopedia Britannica (click) shows that, as usual, Catspaw is right. You have to get up pretty early in the morning to fool old Catspaw.
"The Devil's Music" is a phrase that has most likely sprung from many different sources, and has been used to describe all sorts of popular music - jazz, blues, and rock 'n' roll. Maybe it came from some father who wanted his daughter to grow up to be a pianist in church and marry a clergyman. More likely, it came from a hundred fathers who had similar wishes. Instead, their daughters ended up drinking booze, smoking cigarettes, and singing the blues.

Another article in the encyclopedia (click here) refers to the tritone progression as "the devil" in music, a term that had been used since the Middle Ages.
So, in conclusion, I would say that our answer is inconclusive.
-Joe Offer-