Saturday, March 03, 2007

Don't let's prejudge music

Some interesting reactions to my story The hoax that fooled the music critics for 30 years, including this email:

As co-founder of the Newt Hinton Ensemble in the mid-90's (unconventional performances of exciting music - with players from The Netherlands, France, Germany and the UK), one of our practices was to hand out programme books/notes AFTER our concerts. That way the listeners would open their minds to the "experience" of a piece of music, without prejudging its merits because the composer happened to be male or female, young or old, living or deceased, famous or unknown, European or non-European, etc. It was amazing how the works on the programmes were appreciated for their intrinsic musical power, rather than for the biographical or historical contexts into which one otherwise might have placed them - Vanessa Lann (photo above)

Now open the New music lunchbox
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1 comment:

Pliable said...

And by a slightly disturbing coincidence this article was posted on March 3 2007, and Newt Hinton was born on March 3 1940, and died on March 3 1994.