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Music and Basic English
I am a lover of music, so I am happy whenever talking or writing about music.

Basic English, however, do not have much words for music. Instruments of music, for example, like guitar, bass, drums, harmonica, saxophone, flute, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, tuba, viola, and cello are not on C. K. Ogden's list.

Old books from the Orthological Institute, which was Ogden's organization, did not have much about music. Books by I. A. Richards, in addition, did not have much about it. Those two men, though they were experts in a number of different fields and with great knowledge of arts, did not seem to have much interest in music.

So it is possible to say that music is a "road not taken," one of the less walked-on fields, for anyone interested in Basic English. And there is much to do with writing about music. Writing in Basic about music has to be started by someone. It may be me.
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Ogden had a delicate sense of hearing. He was one of the first lovers of the music of G.M. Hopkins' verses, which was new to the ear of those who were living between the two World Wars. He put out in print a part of Joyce's Finnegan's Wake with his words before it valuing the music of the work. It seems to me that he was in touch with everything new in art and music of the time, named avant-varde.
| Yuzuru Katagiri | 2005/12/22 2:31 PM |
Yes. Ogden was well-versed, or very good, at MUSIC OF LANGUAGE. He made a sound recording of James Joyce himself reading pages from Finnegans Wake. As a man of great knowledge, he was probably in touch with new works of music coming out those days.

Still, it seems to me that he did not put out much about LANGUAGE OF MUSIC himself, though possibly he put some good seeds in his system. Let me put, in coming days, what is possible if we make good use of Basic words to make writings about music.

| Ryotasan | 2005/12/22 4:44 PM |
Yes. Writing in Basic about Music has to be started! This is a very nice idea!
| Tancredo | 2007/02/03 3:05 AM |

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