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Thread #164872   Message #3950368
Posted By: Dave the Gnome
14-Sep-18 - 07:41 AM
Thread Name: Popular Music. Doomed to oblivion?
Subject: RE: Popular Music. Doomed to oblivion?
I think it was the same person as put the bop in the bop-sho-wop-sho-wop.

Will, you make a good point that set me thinking. There are indeed 3 elephants in the equation. Trad music will only ever be remembered for itself as no one now knows the composer BUT some performances may be remembered separately and I will come back (Bach?) to that. The composers of classical AND classic (in the newer sense) music will be remembered for their music. Performers and performances were not remembered before because, by nature, they were transient. However, and this is where I was going, performers are now remembered because they have been captured in a myriad of ways and a record of their performances will be there forever.

Let's take, for instance, Bohemian Rhapsody. Not becuase it is a particular favourite (although it is) but because it could now encapsulate all 3. It is a classic song that people will remember. It was written by Freddie Mercury, who will be remembered as a composer and now Freddie's performances have been encapsulated on various media forever. He will be remembered as the master performer he was well beyond the 100 years specified. Worth considering?

Will - This thread with you in it set me to thinking about something else. PM on its way.