MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

Alien Earworm

I’ve been working on a note for Howard Hanson’s most-popular composition — the Symphony No. 2 (“Romantic”) from 1930, a Boston Symphony commission (same vintage as Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms).
And this is an earworm I cannot dispel (the second theme from the first movement, which cycles back several times later on):

So what is it that makes for an earworm?

Filed under: American music


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