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41 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 30 March 2009 11:10AM

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Comment author: Manfred 04 December 2010 06:15:11AM *  1 point [-]

Thank you for the list, it was interesting to listen to.

Not gonna lie, though, I got to Wuorinen's piano concerto and thought (roughly) "thank god! Something I can tap my foot to!"

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 07 December 2010 09:19:24PM 1 point [-]

I'm not sure how you could tap your foot to the Wuorinen concerto, but I listened to it and his Lepton, and enjoyed the energy level and variety of texture. I wonder if some of that could be brought into more accessible music.

Comment author: Manfred 08 December 2010 07:03:43PM 0 points [-]

It is possible that it was due to an ephemeral state brought on by listening to an hour of the other stuff. But:

I could tap my foot because the first beat of many measures was emphasized, and notes tended to have only a few lengths, which were integer multiples or divisions of one typical length, which in turn was an integer division of a measure. And I did tap my foot because the piano is more forgiving to "let's mess with octaves" moments, and the piece involved things like harmony and phrasing. There may even have been a cadence in there somewhere.