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ripov Why does modern music sound so different (413* d) RE: Why does modern music sound so different 17 Apr 15

Good Soldier Schweik - If I can lift your point about Mozart, yes he had only himself and his patron to please; but his patron would be partying with his mates at the weekend, and would know exactly what the scene was, so that what he wanted from Mozart was something fashionable and new, but not so new that no-one could "get" it, to impress visitors when they partied at his house. And Mozart would be familiar with the sort of music his contemporaries were writing, and with popular songs and dances. So he wasn't writing in a vacuum.

Each composer, each songwriter, builds on what has been before, adds their own input using new techniques, or new instruments if there are any; and produces a sound not necessarily totally individual (except to a specialist), but very typical of the period in which he or she wrote. So that usually a piece of music popular or classical can be dated within thirty or forty years or even closer, by its style, even if you've no idea who wrote it.

So perhaps modern music SHOULD sound different.

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