I suppose Rabbi Wolfson has never seen a harpsichord... don't they have the opposite pattern of black and white keys to a piano? And they pre-date pianos by two centuries at least.As I said, the factual errors in the rabbi's essay make a compelling argument for establishing music education in frum schools,if for no other reason than preventing rabbis for embarrassing themselves.
Do you remember a song called "Computer Game", by the Yellow Magic Orchestra from about 1979? Took me a few listens to realise that with the exception of the second part of the bridge, it's entirely played on the black keys -- and it's far from being a "mournful" tune. (Not to mention Chopin's Etude, Opus 10, number 5, which can't conceivably be called mournful either.)
I suppose that if he's talking to an audience that's even more musically uninformed than he is, he might sound plausible.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
From the mailbag... (Rabbi Wolfson Content)
Posted by Hasidic Musician at 12:03 AM