Presented without comment: intelligent readers will be able to make their own minds up about what happened here. Note the datelines. Ivan Hewett’s piece for the BBC magazine vs. Brooks Spector’s piece for the Daily Maverick.
“Music is prophecy. Its style and economic organisation are ahead of the rest of society. It makes audible the new world that will gradually become visible.” – Jacques Attali, Noise “For the modes of music are never disturbed without unsettling of the most fundamental political and social conventions.” – Plato, Republic Here is an interesting graph: Which
That the classical music scene would be hit by the current round of race-carding seems obvious now. The wonder is that it took so long, actually. I remember something of the fuss Hendrik Hofmeyr created by daring to name a work Sinfonia africana, even though this work was deemed to be devoid of “African” material.
Ravenna is a city which has been inhabited for longer than the Bantu-speaking peoples have been in South Africa. It was here that the Roman Empire finally came to die, when ultimate power in the Western Empire was handed to Theodoric the Goth in the fifth century. The place seems oddly appropriate. Europe is still
It’s hip to listen to electronic music. People who like wearing those “I wish I was Scandinavian” square glasses and who have really CLEAN girlfriends with vintage fascist underwear hidden beneath the kind of vintage McCarthyist frock that really did it for America until Marilyn Monroe taught us all how to whistle – those people
I last saw that paragon of Russian folk art ensembles, the Terem Quartet, when they played at the WOMAD festival in Benoni eleven years ago. After last night I am certain that I am one of only two people who hold the absurdly elite honour of having been to both of the performances given by