Remember when Turnage was "ours"?
I saw a video the other day that "mashed-up" a new piece by Marc-Anthony and that song by Beyoncé: "All the Single Ladies." But it didn't drive home the point nearly as well as this one, which is pretty skewering.
Now for the ethics. Do I care that he ripped off Beyonçée? After all, a good composer merely borrows, a great one steals. But this is a particularly blatant piece of thieving if you ask me. It's a pretty blatant plea for attention, an attempt to draw in the pop music fans. So I would call this first-rate hackery, not a meaningful reference to pop culture...like, er, Daugherty.
So I would care if I had any respect for Turnage, for this would cause me to lose it. But seeing as I've never thought much of him (except as a gifted/creative orchestrator), then I guess no harm done.
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