It's the music, stupid
A comment added to my post about Sheku Kanneh-Mason's new career as a fashion model prompted a comment from Mathias Broucek that demands to be quoted.
I’ve just remembered a video clip of a young woman telling an elderly Horowitz she liked his tie. He was horrified: “ What about my playing?????”Not only does that anecdote apply to sartorial diversions, but it also applies to other prominent extra-curricular activities of celebrity classical musicians. Recently BBC News ran the feature '7 musicians who quit social media (and the reasons why)'. Not one of those seven musicians was from the classical world. A reflection of the mainstream media's lack of interest in things classical? Maybe; but can anyone name a single prominent classical musician who has publicly quit the contentious milieu of social networks? I doubt it. Which means either seven high profile non-classical artists have got it wrong, or classical music has its priorities wrong.
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