Its easy to find a tautology to support ones likes and dislikes, and every dog has their day--It's just that one wonders what folks will say about our current composition scene 30 year from now-will they be as kind as Alex Ross was to 30 years ago? Probably not.
Artistic trends change and folks always find a way to show the rightness of this change. Especially if they like the new trend better.
That politics was partially responsible for the "artificial" support of non-tonal music seems plausible. Arnold Schoenberg as the"godfather" forcing those other composers to "sleep with da fishes" is not.
In either case this misses a much more important story.
Over the last decades American capitalism has abandoned any pretense of caring for the American worker - its not like their going to go out become communists are they?
The unintended results of the fall of communism is this:
The benevolence and artistic liberalism of American capitalism is revealed to be a sham. Jettisoned as soon as its not needed.
Why should the support serial or any difficult art be any different?
And who may I ask is artificially supporting today's insiders?
Now a joke
Phil's patented operatic resume stuffer-respelled...
Colin: I composed an opera titled:
Leading Opera houses in the United States and Europe.
This work has two singing parts:
Major Roles and Prima Donna
So If you perform my work you can add to your resume:
Performed Major Roles in Leading Opera houses in the United States and Europe.
Or the Prima Donna in Leading Opera houses in the United States and Europe.
It seems that its the same conversations again and again folks pretending to have opinions being "bad" saying dumb and dumber things so I get w-ell you'll see:
"...A charge that was raised herein, and one which frequently gets raised by folks who are anti-modernist, is that modernism engages in a willful obfuscation with the audience..."
Am I getting warm?
Monday, February 02, 2009, 7:50:59 PM