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Thread #160763   Message #3816116
Posted By: keberoxu
23-Oct-16 - 02:10 PM
Thread Name: Bob Dylan: Nobel laureate
Subject: RE: Bob Dylan: Nobel laureate
Nigel Paterson name-checking Bach reminded me of someone else, but that really is a pointer toward thread creep. You're talking the Baroque period there, and the Baroque era was mad, composer-wise.

England was swinging at one far end of the pendulum. Sometimes England is memorably iconoclastic, and defies artistic and cultural conventions being maintained in continental Europe, in the spirit of independence. And then there are eras like the time when Bach and Handel were around. No, the big Bach never made it to England, but Handel did, and not in order to compose the Messiah, but to compete for the English audiences for....the success of Italian music in general and opera in particular. Handel was in there duking it out with born-and-bred Italians who also wanted to cash in on the English craze for Italian music. That's what I mean by the far end of the pendulum -- at regular intervals in history, England will go altogether mad for a cultural fashion from another nation entirely....

....which always reminds me of the previous century, and Afro-American popular music taking England by storm.