Appreciating Ayn Rand’s Tiddlywink Music
Jun 22, 2019
Ayn Rand referred to certain popular, pre–World War I tunes as “my kind of music.” Her “tiddlywink” music is “gay, melodic, rhythmically ingenious and projects a totally unclouded sense of life.” What music did not express her sense of life? In a Q&A, Rand said she was “positively allergic to” the “satirical” and “anti-man” music of Gilbert and Sullivan. Quintessential tiddlywink pieces like “Canadian Capers” and “Amina” will be technically analyzed in this talk and contrasted with Gilbert and Sullivan’s music.