If only my music were popular…

Throwcase has posted a passionate and entertaining condemnation of a set of cliches pertaining to the popularity of classical music.

Classical music has always been the music of the educated classes, but today, despite the much more equal distribution of education in first world society, it is seen by many as stuffy, irrelevant and unappealing

This is so offensively stupid I can hardly contain my rage. Saying that other people see it a certain way does not constitute an argument. It does not represent a truth. It is a useless, pointless, meaningless thing to say. If Clive thinks it is stuffy, he should say so, and not hide behind the views of others. If he thinks it is not really stuffy, he should say so, and help dispel a misconception. Quoting what he perceives to be an established view merely reinforces a worthless bit of gossip.


http://throwcase.com/2015/01/20/the-golden-shower-of-musicology/

I’ve been meaning to write something on the chant, and this piece by Throwcase has reminded me of similar debates that erupt in the context of liturgical music – a domain perhaps even more fraught than classical music, where misinformation and prejudice mean that an ancient and beautiful musical tradition has been simply abandoned in favour of typically inappropriate, often second-rate pop/folk music.