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Experimental Poetry (and other artistic work?) in academia

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Reiner Torheit
« on: June 17, 2009, 11:30:21 pm »

Do you think that Rimsky-Korsakov, after he was appointed Professor at the Petersburg Conservatory

I carefully said musicology  ;)   Orchestration is a skill, and it can be taught in the same way as playing the violin is taught - and I've certainly not inveighed against the teaching of technique!  Mastery of the technique enables its user to put the entire scope to new and creative uses, and makes the student the master of the craft... and not its slave.

Frankly I would say that Rimsky was a skilled orchestrator but a dull composer - his advanced ability in orchestration concealed his creative limitations.  Anyone who has ever sat through THE TSAR'S BRIDE (as I have for at least five different productions) will know what I mean ;)

Stravinsky & Prokofiev were both Rimsky's pupils - neither could be accused of being "a chip off the old block", I'd say?
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