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Durwood, you are misunderstood. Some think you're a nice guy...
sorry, couldn't resist.
Dude, this is just a Tuba related Board, cool? If you want to be an intellectual, try going somewhere else.
In deference to your query, I posit that the dialectics of Noam Chomsky, what with it's parsing down of the English Langauge is merely an attempt to add a Schenkarian twist to words rather than music. Chomsky's study of vocal patterns across the spectrum of all languages, and then applied to music phrasing, is, to my mind, the perfect sythnesis of the two things that define a culture, its speech and it's music. The French talk in the front of their mouths with very clearly delineated and clear diction, so it would stand to reason that their music would also present this as it is part of their inherent lingual patterns (ever noticed how "crazy" the French are for extreme variances in their articulations?). We are not all French, ergo, we get by recreating our inherent speech patterns in our music. Remember, a culture is defined by its speech and music in its basest form. Your statement is too narrow in its confines to present a cogent pattern of discussion, therefore it is NOT moot. I stand on my first statement: "Who cares how you do it. If it sounds good, who's to say it's wrong".
Don't think too hard. It's music, not the Bible.
Here is a parting quote:
"If you want to understand the invisible, look carefully at the visible"- The Talmud
P.S.- If you have time, mull this over: If a culture is defined by its music and speech, the cradle of civilization is indeed in the Tigris-Euphrates Valley. If you look at inherent speech patterns and musical sounds, the lingual and music patterns of Klezmer, Baltic, Roumanina, Czech, Polish, Greek, Irani, Iraqi, Kurdish, and Russian AND their inherent languages prove that there is more than one common thread to link all these cultures together to the Tigris-Euphrates Valley Theory. The Romance languages are ENTIRELY different in their patterns, thus their music is ENTIRELY different. America is THE melting pot of all these qualities, thus NEVER exhibiting a commonality inherent in non-mixed cultures. We are the next step in the evolutionary chain of speech/music synthesis.
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