Magazine article Czech Music

Editorial

Magazine article Czech Music

Editorial

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Dear Reading,

Czech Music is of course a magazine devoted to music--given its title it could hardly be anything else. Only there have been disputes over the definition and content of the word "music" for quite a long time, and the 20th century has more or less condemned the various categorical statements of the type "this is music and this isn't" to oblivion or ridicule. Why am I talking about this? Milan Grygar is someone whose inclusion in a magazine about music might raise a lot of eyebrows, but in my view he belongs in such a magazine much more than routine "exemplarily musical" cliche-mongers. Certainly, Milan Grygar is first and foremost a famous artist. This is an apparently self-evident (and of course true), but it conceals one very important dimension of Grygar's work--sound. With his acoustic drawings Grygar has moved into an area that might be identified as sound art, although even this categorisation is somewhat lame. …

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