Art in the Age of Spice

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The shifting relationship between ‘high art’ and that of popular culture has, in the last 100 years, been polarised to an unprecedented extent. Though the split between the worlds of Stockhausen and the Spic Girls may seem irrevocable, the pendulum did begin to swing back in the 1980s, with rock stars like Frank Zappa attempting to cross the boundaries of genre. Yet we should beware of the modern gloss that boundaries are dissolved by ‘cross-over’ music. Much music may defy categorisation, but that does not mean there is only one music, or that it has a single language; two streams of art may be able to exchange materials while having essentially different priorities.

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This event was on Fri, 17 Nov 2000

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Piers Hellawell

Professor of Music

Piers Hellawell is a composer, writer and photographer. He is Professor of Composition at Queen's University in Belfast and was the Gresham Professor of Music...

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