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SURREALISTIC MUSIC

Sound juxtapositions for your dreams

An example of the influence of surrealism in music is found in avant-garde composers in New York (like Edgard Varèse, John Cage and Morton Feldman. Surrealism, transposed into music with Debussy’s themes, was the first musical taste of this movement that developed its own creative aesthetic, very close to Freud’s thought. Jazz is one of the trends in which one can also appreciate the creative freedom that recreates the unconscious scenarios that bring down the barriers of reason. Philip Glass and Frank Zappa are known because their music moves outside the traditional canons. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKPRoxIbKOM

The philosopher Theodor Adorno quotes as a surrealist lyric opera “The work of three centimes”. Debussy, Poulenc and Stravinsky, have been linked to this movement. The characteristic of surrealist music can be defined as the set of sound juxtapositions that light up the poetics of dreaming. Musical Surrealism works with strong links with the cubist and surrealistic technique of collage. This term – invented by Theodor Adorno – refers to a music that juxtaposes fragments of preexisting music in a single aesthetic unit. This music collage depicts fragments that are representations of preexisting music.

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