CEE Legal Matters: Issue 7.11
What is music and where does it come from? If hard-pressed enough, most people, myself included, would regress to a simple statement that it comes from the soul of the person composing it. It is a magnificent, human, way of expressing emotions. Indeed, when you listen to a piece as grand as a Chopin sonata, you are carried through the deepest feelings of the composer via his harmonies and even discords.
David Cope shattered that understanding for all who were reckless enough to expose themselves to his work. Cope, born May 17, 1941, in San Francisco, is an American author, composer, scientist, and former professor of music at the University of California, Santa Cruz. For me at least, as I am sure to many who listened to his work, he represents an existential question pertaining to much of what we do. The man – whose memoir is called “Tin Man” – has been accused of churning out music “without a soul” ...