After almost two years absence I received a very beautiful and appreciative email from someone who had read the three texts I included dating from 1999. So I decided to return with some more texts, this time from 1998! They form part of a book project which is still alive and well, even after such a long hibernation. The texts are the fruit of some profound thinking on the subject of musical values and their preservation, and even if they require some careful reading to be fully understood, they are central to the theme of this blog. Here is a first instalment:
1. The world of "serious" music continues to exist under the influence of attitudes that came into being centuries ago. Many an individual composer, performer or impresario has sought to develop new and more open or creative relationships between those who provide and those who enjoy music, and yet these efforts have usually only had a limited or local impact because of the strength of underlying cultural influences.