QUOTE(carol*piano @ Jun 13 2012, 02:19 PM)
If it sounds like
nothing on earth, it's Modern.
I don't think I'd go that far with describing the modern, becasue I don't think they'd play that sort of music in the aural, but I do say that if one aspect of it - melody (angular) rhythm (syncopated or very irregular and unpredictable) or harmony (discordant) sounds a bit "wrong" for what they've normally listened to, then it's modern.
When I was at university, one of my friends had open on his desk a library copy of the Messe de Notre Dame by Machaut - the rules we work by hadn't really been formulated in those days (Machaut's day, I mean, not my time at uni!
) and the big know-all of our year was also among the gathering, and took a look at the music, which wasn't showing a title. "What on earth is THIS?" he said, "It's worse than Stravinsky!"