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The Dictionary of Musical Invective is an ongoing exploration of what’s wrong with the music world and what can be done to fix it.

It aims to generate discussion and recommendations surrounding the general decline of new art music as a viable means of expression and serves as a soapbox for it’s author to wax philosophical about his own observations of such.

The title references Slonimsky’s famous Lexicon of Musical Invective, a collection of the most scathing criticisms of western music’s masterpieces ever committed to paper.  Part of the Lexicon’s purpose was to point out the how far off the judgement of “now” can be compared to the judgement of posterity.  Part of my purpose in writing the Dictionary is to point out how far off the practice of writing for posterity (which the Lexicon encouraged) has lead composers from the culture of the rest of the world.

Author David Roberts is a composer, electronic musician, audio engineer, brewer, champion ranter, and doctoral student.

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