Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Fair Robert, His Grownde

For those of you who thought the technique of "ground bass"--- a continuously repeating series of pitches in the bassline --- went out of fashion with Henry Purcell [top], may I present "Fascination Street" by The Cure [Robert Smith is on the bottom]: its deeply disturbing c-minor ground proceeds by leaps in alternating directions, restrainedly mad enough to thrill Webern anytime, or Brahms when he's drunk. (While we're comparing noble Henry and Robert, who's got the crazier hair?)

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