In reading the liner notes of a Deutsche Grammophon CD of Schnittke's Concerti Grossi Nos. 1 and 5, I came across some interesting material. The writer says essentially that Schnittke inhabited various musical worlds, using baroque symbols, "freely tonal chromaticisms," and vulgar everyday music.
Then he says: "The feeling of tension stems from the way in which these different styles interact and impregnate one another."
My question is: what does it mean for different musical styles to impregnate one another; and as a follow-up, just how is this done?
Any insights appreciated.
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