Did Darwin believe in life after love?

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Sara Haefeli is a professor of music history, theory & composition at Ithaca College.

Over here at The Avid Listener, Haefeli auditions the idea of a Darwinian effect in music — that is, that music and musical ideas evolve over time. Haefeli explores a couple notions — one, that music could have an “ultimate goal;” and two, that great tunes are merely mile-markers as our favorite artists march inexorably towards some final musical perfection.

That’s a lot to take on.