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Re: Thelonious Monk
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1595  Monday, 1 July 2002

[1]     From:   Sam Small <
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        Date:   Friday, 28 Jun 2002 18:20:56 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1586 Re: Thelonious Monk

[2]     From:   Gabriel Egan <
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        Date:   Saturday, 29 Jun 2002 13:21:27 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1586 Re: Thelonious Monk

[3]     From:   Matthew Baynham <
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        Date:   Monday, 1 Jul 2002 10:17:51 +0100
        Subj:   Bum Notes


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From:           Sam Small <
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Date:           Friday, 28 Jun 2002 18:20:56 +0100
Subject: 13.1586 Re: Thelonious Monk
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1586 Re: Thelonious Monk

Although a musician of dubious worth and a writer of less, I would still
say that Theolonius Monk is plain wrong.  Of course there are bum
notes.  The great international entertainer and pianist Victor Borge
make great use of bum notes in his comedy act because they sound funny.
In England the late comedian Les Dawson did much the same making
audiences laugh with untimely piano notes that were out of key.  We are
so used to hearing perfectly in-key recorded music from classical to rap
that we are almost unaware of musicians making mistakes.  One of the
striking things about Shakespeare's writing is his almost divine
accuracy - especially with adjectives.  Sometimes he even compounded
them.  If he were any less accurate he would be less of a poet.
Therefore choosing a bad adjective is a bum word.

SAM SMALL
http://www.passioninpieces.co.uk

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From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Saturday, 29 Jun 2002 13:21:27 +0100
Subject: 13.1586 Re: Thelonious Monk
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1586 Re: Thelonious Monk

R. Schmeeckle wrote,

> I do not see any response to Gabriel Egan's
> question re Thelonius Monk's statement that
> there is no such thing as a bum note.

Oh, I did get some answers direct from SHAKSPERians.  John Briggs kindly
sent a reference to the sleeve notes of Monk's "Something in Blue"
(1972, Black Lion BL-152/Jazz Man JAZ5019/Polydor 2460) in which is
noted Art Tatum's comment that "There's no such thing as a wrong note,
it all depends on how you resolve it".

(John: I think I told you I wasn't going to use this, but I am; thanks
for sending it. I'd discarded it too quickly in my own searching.)

> A note by itself is without significance.  Melody, rhythm,
> harmony all depend on notes in relation to other notes. It

 

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