30. January 2014 · Comments Off on Classical Music Is … · Categories: Read Online

There is a creepy bloodlust to the doom-mongering of classical music, as though an autopsy were being conducted on a still-breathing body. What if each commentator decided, instead, to Google “young composer” or “new chamber ensemble” and write a compelling profile of a discovery? Why not interview members of the local orchestra and find out how real people make careers in a purportedly comatose industry? Why not talk to those graying audience members—contempt toward the elderly is a common theme in death-of-classical-music articles—and find out how their history of listening has improved their lives? Statistics provide firm answers, but not necessarily to the right questions. If the stakes are as high as the life and death of an art form, why not explore the question of why it might be the case by looking at the actual, lived experiences of those involved?

RTWT

Yes. I’m so very weary of reading about the demise of classical music. If it’s dead, then why write about it. If it’s not, please stop trying to put it in the coffin. Sigh.

Oh … except that are a few folks out there who are making their living on the demise or death of classical music.

Hmm. If we stopped buying into that their careers might die instead. Now there’s an idea! 😉

30. January 2014 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

No, I don’t much like Beethoven’s orchestrations, but that oboe line at the baritone’s first solo in his 9th? Kind of awesome.