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    The comparison between modern music and architecture is of interest, and a good one. I am a fan of Glass, Terry Riley, John Adams, but surprisingly do not care for Stravinski, Schoenberg, etc. While I can see how one can compare minimalist music such as Glass to modern architecture (say, the Seagrams Bldg), I don't think there is one. There is so much nuance in the music of Glass that to replicate that in architecture, while not impossible, would be prohibitively expensive. Much modernarchitecture for me is banal, lacking of nuance. The Citicorp Tower in NYC, for example: while it does achieve some interesting engineering feats, lacks any sense of humanity compared to other midtown buildings like the Chrylser or Empire State Bldgs.

    I have learned a lot on my visits to Rome and Paris. To not be so rigid in my thinking, to be more organic. NYC and other American cities lack that sense of pedestrian (save perhaps the oldest East Coast cities), and perhaps this is do to the automobile or a general sense of mechanization. Is this true in music as well? Is jazz an attempt to reclaim humanity from the regimentation?

    I think that modern architecture did not turn its back on tradition so much but that it refused to be in context. Developers wanted to create monuments and not buildings that exist within the fabric of the city, and still do. The new art museum by Zaha Hadid in Cincinnati is a great example of this, whereas Brian Eno's ambient music harkens back to those that would build with context in mind, i.e. that some things need to be in the backround.

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