Life - the complete cycle


So Norman Lebrecht has discovered the music of R. Murray Schafer, who sadly has Alzheimer's. It is evidence of the mess that classical music is in that a musician only receives media attention when they have serious health problems, or are involved in a scandalous divorce or child abuse. R. Murray Schafer's book about his twelve ritualistic music dramas is titled Patria: The Complete Cycle. Today the life of a classical musician has become a cycle in which mortality or fallibility is the completing pseudo-event.

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