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Monday, July 1, 2013
Sturm und Drang alternating with Meerfraulied, culminating in a most Macabre Minuet. When you listen patiently, you can hear how the simple opening motif goes through literally dozens of transformations: punctuating cellos and double bass during the first, Tristan und Isolde-esque orchestral section; highlighting the orchestra in the woodwinds during the second; set into multiple times, and keys; ultimately exploding into free form fantasies...
John Zorn is a great composer, a brilliant musical iconoclast who already stamped his self-combative, deeply cantankerous personality onto eternity by not writing music according to other people's standards. This amazing song seems to be a jazz, rockabilly, grindcore clash if you don't open your mind before you listen. Once set, the originality and creative daringness of this song might thrill you. John is rightly considered by open minded music enthusiasts as fitting right in among the names of other Great Composers such as Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Wagner, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, R. Strauss, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Lennon/McCartney, Pete Townshend, Frank Zappa, Chick Corea, and George Clinton. The impact of his genre mixing and prolificity cannot be underestimated.