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[Xmca-l] Re: "Generic"

Interesting ideas Rob. Hopefully, one of our Russian colleagues will have
access to the original text.


On Tue, Feb 9, 2016 at 7:44 AM, R.J.S.Parsons <r.j.s.parsons@open.ac.uk>

> In another context, I'm working on a quote from Stravinsky: "Tradition
> is generic; it is not simply ‘handed down’, fathers to sons, but
> undergoes a life process: it is born, grows, matures, declines, and is
> reborn, perhaps. These stages of growth and regrowth are always in
> contradiction to the stages of another concept or interpretation: true
> tradition lives in the contradiction."
> I thought "generic" might be a misused equivalent for a Russian word. I
> thought "organic" or "generative" might describe better what follows.
> Then I realised it was spoken in English. (It's from "Memories and
> Commentaries: New One-Volume Edition" Compiled and Edited by Robert Craft.)
> But the original question still stands in the sense that perhaps
> Stravinsky had a Russian concept in mind and found a not very good
> English equivalent. So can anyone shed any light on what the Russian
> concept behind "generic" might have been?
> Rob
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