Music with something important to say to our cynical times
Nonetheless, I maintain hope that Rubbra’s time will come. There is too much quality in his work, in its craftsmanship and its distinctive voice, for it to forever remain in the shadows. He just needs a champion of suitable standing to bring his symphonies back to Britain’s concert halls. Even if you don’t share Rubbra’s religious faith (and I don’t) the essential goodness in his music surely has something important to say to our cynical times: its patient optimism, beautiful organic patterning and deeply felt spirituality are a welcome antidote to much of modern life. I was pleased to hear that comic writer Armando Iannucci included Rubbra’s eighth symphony in his choices for Radio 3’s Essential Classics last September. Such big-name advocates can only help more people discover this wonderful music.That extract comes from Simon Brackenborough's blog Corymbus . Simon's persuasive and beautifully crafted essay on Edmund Rubbra, which ignores all the silly conventions that prevail in contemporary music writing, is one of the most impressive examples of music writing that I have read for some time. Like Rubbra's music, this kind of writing has something important to say to our cynical times.
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