I'm relatively new to this kooky "art-music" stuff. But this Anthony Brandt fellow explains things well, and if you have time, take a look:http://cnx.org/content/expanded_browse_authors?letter=B&author=abrandt
What I'm focused on here are these articles though~
The effect of time (repetition, etc.) on music. A justification for lengthy "repetitive" music that bores the ADD-afflicted:http://cnx.org/content/m11434/latest/
And a supplemental writing - "How Music Makes Sense", featuring explainations of PHRASES and MOTIVES (motifs).http://cnx.org/content/m12953/latest/
Repetitive motifs that return unaffected by time show up everywhere. Apocalyptic Warrior
by Massacra and most songs by Burzum are good examples of this effect in metal music.
What's noticeable is that most good metal just exploits the fact that humble simplicity can be very powerful:
Similarly, one of the guiding principles of
art-music is repetition without
redundancy. The music will repeat its main ideas,
but constantly in new ways.
In classical music, the goal is similarly to maximize the
minimum. That is, the goal is to take a limited
number of ingredients and create the greatest possible
variety. A composer such as Beethoven or Bartok can take just
a few basic elements and create the musical equivalent of a complete meal of soup,
main course, salad and dessert--all with distinctive flavors,
so that you sometimes can't even recognize the presence of
the same ingredients in every recipe.
It just works that way.
Sorry scenekids, your zany ADHD-core is no match for time.
Listening to explicit, literal repetition is like eating a
simple carbohydrate: It is easily digested and quickly
absorbed. That is why popular music has so much literal
repetition: Its success depends on making an immediate
impact. On the other hand, listening to transformed repetition
is like eating a complex carbohydrate: It takes longer to
digest. More of our attention is engaged: What changed? By how
much? How fast did it happen? How long will it persist in the
new form? Observations lead to interpretation: Why did it
change? What are the consequences of what happened?
More and more, nutritionists are emphasizing that complex
carbohydrates are healthier for our bodies. Similarly,
transformed repetition may be healthier for our musical minds: It
demands greater concentration, more astute observations and
more careful reasoning--in short, more active
listening. Learning to recognize and evaluate transformed
repetition is a crucial aspect of music appreciation.
Children: Patience and attention are all that are needed on your behalf.
Is it difficult for you to muster up a little attention? Is that really so demanding?
Go listen to some Beethoven for once, you won't regret it.