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Spaces and musical forms

2007-06-08

As Wallace Clemence Sabine commented while designing the Boston Symphony Hall cultures that gathered in enclosed spaces for music developed musical forms dominated by melody and harmony and cultures that gathered in open spaces for music developed musical forms dominated by percussive sounds with strong rhythms. Our heritage of classical music arose from a limited set of parameters. A wider set of parameters now opens up possibilities for novel musical forms.

Blesser &amp Salter: Spaces Speak. Are you listening? p. 144.

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