Suppose you attended the next super bowl. The announcer comes on and says, "We are sorry to imform you that this year's teams did not meet our expectations so instead of playing an actual game, they will be reenacting the 1969 Super Bowl between the Chiefs and the Vikings. After all that was the greatest super bowl ever." We might expect that classical music fans would not be offended, since at nearly every concert they attend, they listen to a reenactment of a concert 200 to 400 years old. Maybe that is why attendance at an NFL game is about 70,000 and about 1000 at a classical music concert.
A few weeks ago Bob Porter posted a piece that vividly portrayed his ordeal of moving to California. Was it interesting? Yes. Was it entertaining? Yes. Was it new? Yes. Will it fill concert hall seats?
There is only one was to find out.
These are the criterion we should use in determining what music to perform. Not, "Is it better than Beethover." Until the attitudes of symphony directors and boards of directors change will we see classical music languish in mediocrity.
This piece was long, so is posted in two halves. All comments are welcome, about the music or the rant.