Sunday, September 8, 2013

Post 1980 canon #3: Kitsch and new age: The Piano

Post 1980 canon, part 3: Michael Nyman's music from The Piano

Kitsch is expressivity's worst enemy. In the music from the movie The Piano Michael Nyman crosses the border over to the dark side, but the piece is still canonic. This is one of the few "contemporary" piano pieces that has worked its way into the amateur repertoire.  You'll find youtube videos of this piece with several hundred thousand views. I heard tons of young girls stumbling their way through this music in the 1990s. But is this an example of minimalism gone bad, musical new age, new romanticism, or just pretty music?


Michael Nyman de la pelicula EL PIANO from Cortos Chèveres 2 on Vimeo.

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