28.11.06

Around and About

Helen Radice on education.

Alex Ross on Adams and Kurtág.

Greg Sandow on cultural boundaries. I disagree with a lot of Mr. Sandow's ideas about how to expand the audience for concert music, but I admire his willingness to think out loud about issues that are fraught with emotion for many people.

Pliable on how commemorations of the biggest name composers often sucks all of the oxygen out of the room, leaving lesser-known, worthy composers to struggle in a smaller cultural space.

Sun sets in east.

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  1. Pliable on how commemorations of the biggest name composers often sucks all of the oxygen out of the room, leaving lesser-known, worthy composers to struggle in a smaller cultural space.

    (1) Well, and where was Pliable when the Mozartanalia started? One could argue that with so much Wolferl buzz, the Shostakovich word needed inflation just to register.

    (2) He blithely characterizes Shostakovich as an already over-exposed composer. Probably he has in view the hyperventilation of the "Shostakovich Wars"; but the effect of all that partisan mudslinging has not been to expose the composer, but to obscure him. Nice to see a blogger so ready to become part of the problem.

    (3) Does he really find Pärt or Górecki so starved for attention? Maybe it's partly a function of my having lived a few years in Estonia and St Petersburg, but these are two names that have never wanted people to beat their drum, judging by the ears to either side of the head which sits atop my shoulders.

    Cheers,
    ~Karl

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