by Jason Lee Steorts

Mona, I don’t know rap well, but I have heard harmonic progressions in it that are more complex than the arrangements of root-position I, II, IV, V, and VI on which so many pop and rock songs are built — not to mention raps that involve choruses, duets between the rapper and a singer, etc. I think resistance to calling it “music” is based mainly on the fact that rappers speak rather than sing; but we call Peter and the Wolf “music” despite its narrator, Wozzeck and Moses und Aron “music” despite their Sprechstimme, and so on.


Unrelatedly, I had an afterthought about the extraterrestrial music theorist, which readers may find, if they wish, at the footnote.

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