The Musical Frame in Western Music (MITA Lesson)

Writers have traditionally claimed features such as polyphony, the symphony orchestra, or chamber music as markers of Western music. Drawing upon everything from Chinese and Indian art to a Mahler symphony, Music in the Air lead author Robert Winter invokes nine varied works spanning a millennium to suggest that the musical frame is the feature that marks Western music from its inception up until the present day—offering insights into both Western creativity and tragic Western arrogance.

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