Around the net: what others are saying

clefs, source unkKeeping up with my own research and identifying topics to write about is hard, considering I have four blogs to feed. I also have to keep up with what other bloggers have to say.

All the “big time” bloggers seem to have gone from writing their own content to something called content curation. That is, their blogs are nothing but guest posts and links to other content.

I have no intention of doing that, but it occurs to me that occasionally calling attention to interesting posts on other blogs does you, my readers, a service and takes some pressure off of me.

So here is a selection of recent and interesting posts I have found in my reading. If you like it, it is the first of an occasional series.

Musical Assumptions by Elaine Fine

In “Taruskin on the Classical Music Audience,” Fine simply copies a few paragraphs from a 1995 New York Times article. I only find this post worth linking to because of the comments.

One anonymous person posted three different criticisms of Taruskin. This “conversation” among Taruskin, Fine, and the person who prefers to remain nameless provides an interesting take on what contemporary musicology has been and can be.

It also presents different viewpoints on what constitutes the audience for classical music and what it represents. It also places my own work on this blog as a practicing musicologist in a context.

A View from the Podium by Kenneth Woods

If your only experience with classical music is listening to the radio or your own music collection and attending concerts, would you ever guess that the performers might not only consider the music beautiful, but find real excitement in discovering something new?

In your youth, when you heard something for the first time all the time, you may have been so excited you wanted to share it with others. In “Sawyers 2 and the hunt for the ‘dude, you’ve got to hear this’ factor,” Woods shows that he gets the same feeling as a seasoned professional. Just not as often.

Sawyers 2 is the Second Symphony by Philip Sawyers. But don’t let the title make you think the article is just about that one piece. Clearly Woods has managed to keep the joy that attracted him to music in the first place alive throughout his career. Unfortunately, not all professional musicians can say the same.

MMmusing by Michael Monroe

I love puns. The recent centennial of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring inspired the expected spate of commemorations. And then the unexpected list of punning titles, each of which is a separate post by the depundable Mr. Monroe.

His followup, “It Rite As Well Be Spring,” should give you the idea of what’s in the first post.


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