There are two things wrong with contemporary classical music. First, it is an oxymoron, and second, it’s no good for jogging. The aspiration of every contemporary composer should be to become a classical station regular, like Mozart (commuting), Vivaldi (shopping), or Beethoven (office work), while still alive. You know you have arrived when a bookstore or espresso bar pipes you in. No one since Mendelssohn has even qualified.
The French composer Eric Satie (circa 1910) was right when he said: “Music should be like furniture. It’s best when you hardly notice it”. Whether we like it or not, people today listen to music while doing other things. Distracting them is not the object. The ultimate litmus test for any great music is “does it make mowing the lawn go faster?”
The Kvetching Factory
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