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Several weeks ago we encountered modernist composers who wrote music as they saw

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Several weeks ago we encountered modernist composers who wrote music as they saw fit with little regard for audiences. More recently we encountered Bob Dylan, who, while not so hostile to audiences as the modernists, has nevertheless followed his own artistic impulses while expecting audiences to adjust to them. The late Beatles gave us a touch of this as well. Hovering over these discussions has been this question: what is the right balance between disdaining the public at one extreme and “selling out” to it at the other?
Assignment
1) In a single paragraph, post the following:
a. Briefly define your position regarding the right balance (see above); to what degree should artists cater to audiences?
b. Give an example of one of two circumstances:
i. A group or artist that in your opinion has sold out. On what criterion (or criteria) do you base that opinion? Is it a shift in musical style? … a lowering of musical quality coinciding with a rise in popularity? …statements by the artist(s), music critics, fans, or others?
ii. A group or artist that in your opinion has resisted the temptation to sell out. On what do you base that opinion?

 

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