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Modern Music From Centuries Ago

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Until I get an actual post up here, here’s a filler clip from a TV concert broadcast. This has always been, to me, three of the weirdest and most wonderful minutes of music I’ve heard:

That was by Jean-Philippe Rameau, the French baroque composers whose operas (like most French operas) contain a lot of dance music. This particular “Contredanse,” like a lot of Rameau’s work, seems to anticipate the music that was written hundreds of years later; in this case, the “minimalist” style of obsessive repetition (right down to the fact that there’s no real ending to the piece, just a lot of repetition that  fades away).

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