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Thread #118607 Message #2569021
Posted By: Ron Davies
17-Feb-09 - 07:17 AM
Thread Name: Which has been the best decade for music
Subject: RE: Which has been the best decade for music
Admittedly Mahler is great stuff, much written after the turn of the 20th century. And some verismo operas, notably Cavalleria Rusticana, also came after that point. But in both cases the music was basically conservative--that is, very tonal.
Cutting-edge classical music has not been tonal for quite a while. And that's why it will never survive. Too many current composers want to break rules just for the sake of breaking them. But large audiences don't want to hear the result.
Whereas Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Bach, Mendelssohn, Tschaikovsky, etc. will have no problem lasting forever. New generations are learning the old music. I just recently heard on the radio--a program called "From the Top" dedicated to talented young musicians-- a 14-year old play the last movement of the Bruch violin concerto. He was phenomenal--and received with thunderous applause.