Thursday, August 4, 2011

this weeks NMB--noth'in special again except... july 29--switched again

 Disappointed with Rob, he wants to bury "difficult music" but is not too keen on finding the graves.  Here is my point; some of the music that Robb puts forward as audience friendly is not.  Rather the composer in question puts forth the perception that it is and, oh, "young" folks happen to compose it.   Also a bunch of difficult audience scaring music also happens to be in the repertoire because people want to hear it.  What of that?  Neither Rob nor John Adams for that matter can define difficult music out of existence.

Phil Fried says:
As to the question of nostalgia and classical greatest hits you must realize that the social necessity of classical music has changed. Yet some works retain a social necessity. The 1812 overture still retains it social need –to celebrate the 4th of July. Oddly this work celebrates the victory of the Russians and the British over our Revolutionary allies the French.
“..Perhaps all this convenience has also made it convenient not to care about music as much….”
One of course can listen without caring. This is my music not your music!
The discussion here is not really my world, as I try to avoid at all costs forced listening, that is I refuse to be anyone’s captive audience. It is true that I do listen to the music of our fellow bloggers on line. I need to know their source. If I want to find a particular composer I usually can. Henza? No problem.
The net contains a hierarchy of listening. Some mass market. Some of it commercial some just folks. Some of it is community. When the classical lounge was on line I has the most played and downloaded selection.

The net is changing even as we speak. Lets hope it keeps its independence.

Phil Fried says:
Of course we American composers need more exposure. A fine thing that. Thank you for taking that on.
It is unfortunate Robb that you continue to hint that the problem is those composers (unnamed) who allegedly scare the audience away. You do not make clear if this is a problem of perception or of the music itself. As for cultural erosion that happens when folks “do what they have to” to succeed rather than doing what you need to for expression.

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