Jeff Dunn wrote:
>Then there are the strange numbering systems of the avant garde. I hope
>experts out there can provide interesting examples. I've seen decimals
>used, although Roman numerals seem to be more common.
>Somehow, putting a number on something gives it more gravitas, at least
>I think so. Or does it diminish??
For me, it's a near deal breaker. If I see a work titled "Purplescape
3.2" I immediately can't take it seriously. The work can overcome this,
but it's a strong, almost visceral reaction for me.
On the other hand a modern work with a more conventional title certainly
gets the benefit of the doubt. It's not rational to judge a book by
it's cover, but....
There's no question in my mind this all depends on how one views the
general sweep of art music, and whether or not one has a favorable view
of modern developments in classical music.