Re: Musical metaphor

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Posted by R. John Howe on March 15, 1999 at 05:27:46:

In Reply to: Re: Musical metaphor posted by Michael Wendorf on March 14, 1999 at 19:24:30:

Dear Yon and Michael -

I like both of these metaphors very much and they both speak to me.

I do think that those who find Turkoman pieces too mechanical, alike and boring, simply haven't looked at them deeply enough to see the nice Haydn-ish moves in them. (Although I've not seen a Turkoman rug yet with Haydn's sense of humor.)

And Mozart might be a shade sophisticated for my sense of much of Kurdish weaving but there is an aspect that fits very well. Someone has said that if Mozart has a flaw as a composer it is that he had too many musical ideas. The design and color use fecundity of Kurdish weaving seems very congruent with this aspect of Mozart as a musical metaphor.


R. John Howe

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