. . . this piece represents many things Weil wanted to get away from; even if it is conceived in a spirit of breaking down barriers and challenging the status quo, a work presented in this form will reach only the elite it ostensibly sets out to reach past.
A large part of the on-going discussion of the future of concert music, which discussion often dominates writing about concert music, concerns the music's status as an "elite" art. I have no answers, but lots of questions:
What is meant by "elitism", particularly in the artistic world?
Is elitism a good, bad, or value-neutral thing?
Are there different kinds of elitism and different kinds of elites?
Does it mean anything w/r/t elitism that, in very general terms, popular musicians are wealthier than their audiences and, in very general terms, audiences for concert music are wealthier than the musicians?
Which is, in that case, the more elitist art form?
Rather than attempting to "reach past" the monied elite that can afford to see/hear works like La Passion de Simone, isn't that elite precisely the audience that need to get the message?
Which artform has a greater claim to being "counter-cultural", popular music or concert music?
What, if anything, does the answer to that last question have to do with elitism?