What? Seriously? Jesus. Subject-verb agreement much?
The urge to reconcile jazz with classical music has persisted since the first classical folks stumbled into a jazz dive.
This is totally made up. You made that up. No research was done. “Classical folks” “stumbled” into a “jazz dive”. The subtext is not so subtext-y, Mr. Ward. Classical musicians/composers are/were elite, effite fucks who are totally alienated from the public. Also, jazz is/was played in dives.
The crusade continues,
The urge is now a crusade. Take note! Take that, unreconciled jazz/classical divide!
as the Ying and
I think I know what this sentence is trying to convey. One would think, though, that it was not written by a professional…writer. Surely it would have been constructed…better. I don’t know. It should probably be more than one sentence. Less passive voice? Let’s try to reconstruct it with the subject first.
“The Ying and Turtle Island string quartets showed that the crusade continues Tuesday at Rice University, in their travelling gig [ed: what?] aimed at assuring that all is well in the brotherhood of string ensembles.”
No, that still sucks.
Darius Milhaud is said to have started it all
By whom? (This is not true.) Also, passive voice. Just sayin'.
with his short ballet The Creation of the World (1922-23),
inspired in part by a 1920 visit to a
If true, this is the first useful, or, for that matter, concrete, piece of information so far. Bravo.
So the two ensembles used that work to start their second half, devoted to works of reconciliation.
I…what? Getting my sentence-parsing kit...
So the two ensembles
The two string quartets you mentioned, I assume.
used that work
Milhaud’s La Création du Monde, I think. This is unclear but, I guess, implied.
to start their second half,
The second half…of the concert? Or “travelling gig”? Did you mention the first half? Did I miss something? I don’t feel so good.
devoted to works of reconciliation.
Of jazz and “tradition”. Jazz is not a tradition. Or something. But at least I got through that sentence. That was dicey. So, to recap in word language:
“The Milhaud ballet began the second half of the concert, which was devoted to works reconciling jazz and traditional repertoire.”
The first half of the Houston Friends of Music event contained "pure" music.
Sigh. “Pure” is in quotes, which should either mean a) someone said it, and you are quoting them, or b) you are being sarcastic, or sardonic. I don’t think either is the case. But I do it often enough for emphasis, so whatever.
However: what? What is “pure” music? Classical music? Wordless music? Unadulterated music? Music that has never known the love of a strong, smelly man?
The Yings, all siblings, offered a strikingly different accounts of Ravel's Quartet in F Major
My only prayer is that this egregious construction is meant to parallel the construction in the title.
Why, oh, why did we kill all of the editors and proofreaders? Sure, they were annoying. But they were necessary. They were sort of like lawyers, but for writing. *Sniff* I…miss them.
(Ravel was another Frenchman later awakened by the siren of jazz).
Again with this crap. Ravel was totally asleep before he heard jazz. Also, he was pretty short!
The rest of the thing is pretty much description. If you care, go read it here. I have but two quips left. Well, maybe three.
Except for the vivid Ravel quartet, the performances and arrangements were frequently bland and always unoffensive –
I wish I could say the same about your writings about them.
the sort that can make chamber music audiences feel good about being just a little naughty in letting barbarians inside the gates.
You are here to reinforce the classical/jazz divide. The “reconciliation” aspect was, apparently, lost on you, because it’s all you can talk about.
Perhaps hearing jazz played by a string quartet is a learned habit,
but the sameness of sound
Of the strings? Is that what you mean? Because it is not clear. Maybe reading your articles is a learned habit?
didn't allow solo voices to stand out the way they do in small jazz ensembles, which usually have a group of distinctive sounding instruments melding into a unit. When an alto sax takes off, you know it's not the piano or double bass.
Then, for me jazz has always worked better in nightclubs and jazz clubs rather than concert halls. I suspect part of the reason lies in the cultural legacy jazz carried as it came out of
You are here to reinforce the jazz/classical divide. I get it now.
That is too bad.