We are living at the time of a major musical renaissance.
Tonality is constantly renewing itself in defiance of an academic orthodoxy that denies its right to exist.
Serious composers must work on the rhythms of everyday life.
Schoenberg’s error was to ignore the inherently hierarchical nature of pitched sound itself.
If, after Kant, there was no way to know “the thing-in-itself,” after Wagner, there was no way to know “the-key-in-itself.”
His way of looking at the world was discredited by the nightmare of the 20th century’s totalitarian conceptions.
We must surely understand Boulez as the instigator of a false conception of the nature of music itself.
On being imprisoned between, on one hand, the past, and on the other, modernism.
The symphonic tradition is an imposing legacy. Some turn away in terror. It might be the safer option.
It is now held that individuals have the right to be artists, or at least consider themselves as such.