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Sunday, March 28, 2021

Time to build up the repertoire

The attack on classical music has begun in earnest:

The University of Oxford is considering scrapping sheet music for being 'too colonial' after staff raised concerns about the 'complicity in white supremacy' in music curriculums.

Professors are set to reform their music courses to move away from the classic repertoire, which includes the likes of Beethoven and Mozart, in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.

University staff have argued that the current curriculum focuses on 'white European music from the slave period', according to The Telegraph.  

Documents seen by the publication indicate proposed reforms to target undergraduate courses.

It claimed that teaching musical notation had 'not shaken off its connection to its colonial past' and would be 'a slap in the face' to some students.

And it added that musical skills should no longer be compulsory because the current repertoire's focus on 'white European music' causes 'students of colour great distress'. 

What this means is that classical music on public radio from the likes of NPR and the BBC are unlikely to survive, as those institutions are immediately proximate to the elite universities, from which they hire most of their employees.

This is why UATV will be adding a classical music channel later this year. We're already beginning to build the FLAC library required to support it now.

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129 Comments:

Blogger Wazdakka March 28, 2021 6:33 AM  

Fantastic. Can I vote for Chopin and Holst

Blogger APL March 28, 2021 6:34 AM  

"This is why UATV will be adding a classical music channel later this year."

Yes please.

Blogger bobby March 28, 2021 6:38 AM  

"This is why UATV will be adding a classical music channel later this year."

Start out with Wagner. It'll drive the woke frantic.

Blogger Cinco March 28, 2021 6:48 AM  

I literally just started listening to classical music two days ago! What are the odds. My first impression is that I am unable to predict the score which appears to be far less repetitive that rock/country. Also, when I slap my Bose headphones on and crank up the volume it’s more as if the music is telling a story, very beautifully.

Blogger Gregory the Tall March 28, 2021 6:49 AM  

Hold the line!

Blogger Adam P March 28, 2021 7:05 AM  

Vaughn Williams should be on your list as well as just about anything conducted by Neville Mariner with the St Martins in the Fields orchestra.

Blogger Melancholy Bear March 28, 2021 7:10 AM  

Can you please also add an Indoor Plumbing channel?

Blogger Mr.MantraMan March 28, 2021 7:11 AM  

But how can we listen to classical without the sonorous sounding lectures from a lefty university twink? If anyone deserves a "woke" scourging it is those scummy university leftists. Speaking of UATV has David done any additions lately that I am missing?

Blogger B March 28, 2021 7:17 AM  

I am so looking forward to UATV's new music channel!

Blogger FUBARwest March 28, 2021 7:28 AM  

Due to this blogs preemptive warning about the destruction of the West a few years ago I decided ot was time to make sure the best the West has able to produce was experienced before it was too late. Thankfully that meant I was able to experience the Ring Cycle in all its glory before Wagner is successfully canceled and no longer allowed to be performed. For that I'm grateful to this blog, so thank you.

Blogger Shane Bradman March 28, 2021 7:37 AM  

My favourite is Haydn. If you add a symphony a day, that's 4 months of daily content covered.

Blogger travvyboy March 28, 2021 7:39 AM  

On a similar note I think a non-converged dictionary website is needed.

Blogger VD March 28, 2021 7:50 AM  

Speaking of UATV has David done any additions lately that I am missing?

David is leaving Castalia and UATV to build his own gardening-focused platform. At the end of the month, we are closing the Good Gardening channel and changing the Good Gardening subscription to a generic UATV subscription so no one need lose their subscriptions or SG memberships.

Blogger bramley bramley bramley March 28, 2021 7:50 AM  

musical notation had 'not shaken off its connection to its colonial past'

Damn those racist hemidemisemiquavers!

Might as well stop using the colonialist Latin alphabet to write colonialist English while they're at it. Grunting and gesturing should suffice for the coming low-tech anti-civilisation.

Blogger Diogenes March 28, 2021 7:53 AM  

Maybe I'm confused, but how exactly do you teach music without sheet music or training the prospective musician to read the scores they're about to play?

Blogger Iskander Magnus March 28, 2021 8:01 AM  

Wonder how long Andre Rieu’s big concerts have left? You see very few Pox at them in U.K. venues. I’d been wondering how long this oasis of civilisation could last before the Orcs came for this too. So thankful you are on the ball. How long till La Scala and La Fenice get Nôtre Dame’d (yes there have been previous fires) with SJW decrees on redesign wokeness of structure and musical agenda.

Blogger Timeo hominem unius libri March 28, 2021 8:08 AM  

If beauty and armony are "too colonial" i guess i'm a "colonialist".

Blogger VD March 28, 2021 8:09 AM  

how exactly do you teach music without sheet music or training the prospective musician to read the scores they're about to play?

You don't. That's the whole point. The music teachers don't want to actually teach music anymore. They want to sit around, play rap, and talk about how racist white people are.

You don't need to know anything about music to produce pure rhythmic-based noise. Just bang on the nearest hard surface.

Blogger dienw March 28, 2021 8:10 AM  

Melancholy Bear wrote:Can you please also add an Indoor Plumbing channel?

Or even an "How to Build an Outhouse" channel before we need one on how to dig a sh*thole...with a stick.

I've been watching YouTube videos regarding the "mudflood" and great fires of the 19th century as great resets by the controllers of mankind; this behavior on the part of our so-called elites really begins to make those arguments reasonable.

Blogger Stilicho March 28, 2021 8:15 AM  

Can you please also add an Indoor Plumbing channel?

No. Plumbing requires use of skills developed during the colonial period and is generally offensi ve to the POX

Blogger #7139 March 28, 2021 8:27 AM  

The abhumans are at it again I see.

Blogger John Best. March 28, 2021 8:27 AM  

Classic FM vs the world.

Blogger Troy Lee Messer March 28, 2021 8:39 AM  

Before I die, I to see an orchestra play Tchaikovksy's Piano Concerto #1 in B Flat Minor and and Listz's Les Preludes.

Hayden is boring. Beethoven is also a fudamental. I like Grieg, too

Blogger JR March 28, 2021 8:40 AM  

I think having my son taught in the weaponry arts of the cleric my not be a bad idea before the anti colonial feelings pill is activated.

Blogger JR March 28, 2021 8:40 AM  

I think having my son taught in the weaponry arts of the cleric my not be a bad idea before the anti colonial feelings pill is activated.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer March 28, 2021 8:44 AM  

how exactly do you teach music without sheet music or training the prospective musician to read the scores they're about to play?

The same way you teach national championship debate teams without actually teaching them how to debate.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmO-ziHU_D8

Blogger DougW March 28, 2021 8:49 AM  

Telemann and Vivaldi, please.....

Blogger Doktor Jeep March 28, 2021 8:50 AM  

Now I know what we will be playing on the helicopter.

Flight of the Valkrye has already been done, admittedly.

Blogger Iskander Magnus March 28, 2021 8:56 AM  

Dear Vox. Sheet music piano scores of great music was a staple of European family life (and in America) from the 19th and early 20th century boom in piano ownership in households up till WW2. There were popular editions of great classics and good contemporary opera, music hall pieces and Great Composers, and popular Marches. These are all out of copyright. But they are unobtainable. We need to get families back into this. Kids need to play arrangements of Handel’s Messiah, Verdi, etc. And I love banging the keys on military classics like Alte Kamaraden and “Unter dem DoppelAdler”. Kids love it too. Arkhaven/ Castalia should seriously think about filling this yawning gap... please.

Blogger Scientific Manager March 28, 2021 8:59 AM  

When they go after TCP/IP that's going to be pretty wild.

Blogger CM March 28, 2021 9:03 AM  

Jazz and blues rely on ear and rhythm. It rarely translates into music notation time and beat.

Blogger CM March 28, 2021 9:04 AM  

Any choral classical?

Blogger Yarnwinder March 28, 2021 9:08 AM  

Bach is a force of nature. Listen to Bach.

Blogger Joeplanet March 28, 2021 9:09 AM  

Locusts. Devouring everything.

Blogger Jab Burrwalky March 28, 2021 9:09 AM  

How much longer, further, and deeper can this perverse new puritanism go?

Blogger nswhorse March 28, 2021 9:10 AM  

Forget music notation. Every rap/rnb/hip hop song I've ever heard is still based on the 12 tone chromatic scale. We know mathematics is racist, and we know the 12 tones are defined mathematically. They haven't even begun to grasp how colonised they truly are. Once they do, a wonderful new musical world awaits, no longer shackled by white man concepts like octaves and intervals.

Blogger IBOgre March 28, 2021 9:17 AM  

While I never cared for Ayn Rand's heroes, her villians were spot on. Mewling little scum that tear down at greatness with petty excuses about equality and the common good. Between her and CS Lewis, you have a pretty good picture of what evil looks like, particularly in the modern and post-modern age.

Blogger Teleros March 28, 2021 9:23 AM  

Rather than just listing more composers, am I the only one who'd like to see the longer pieces of music as single files rather than separated into individual ones? Eg Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony is usually split into separate movements and/or parts, but it'd be lovely to be able to listen to & download the entire ~42 minute symphony instead of having to rely on playlists etc.

Blogger Peter C March 28, 2021 9:42 AM  

Congratulations on the great idea!
I'd recommend Richard Strauss and Anton Bruckner for the musical channel, regardless of the political connotation, simply because they're my favorite composers. Something about the sound in their compositions just resonates with me.

Blogger GeronL March 28, 2021 9:47 AM  

I totally agree with everything you just wrote. This complete de-evolution of society is aimed at making people easier to control. I don't think the elites understand that they won't be able to control the monster.

Blogger RobertDWood March 28, 2021 9:52 AM  

A PEX in all your houses!

Blogger RobertDWood March 28, 2021 9:57 AM  

I agree with this. There is a uniquely frustrating experience when you play a symphonic album spilt into movements on shuffle.

Blogger LES March 28, 2021 10:01 AM  

Apparently The Music Man (1962) was ahead of its time with
The Think Method

Blogger Scott March 28, 2021 10:08 AM  

Some Debussy to go to sleep to, and some Rimsky-Korsakoff of Holst to wake up to would be nice.

Blogger Gastguma March 28, 2021 10:09 AM  

I was just listening to some classical music last night on public radio for the first time in a while and wondering how long it would be before they put it in their crosshairs. I will give them credit for this: their timing is impeccable.

Blogger Nobody of Consequence March 28, 2021 10:13 AM  

Slave period? Freakin slave period? The only slave period is ALL Freaking time. Since the 2nd showed up there have been, still are, and always will be slaves.

Anybody for "Massacard"?

Blogger SciVo March 28, 2021 10:13 AM  

What I'm really looking forward to is the decolonization of STEM. It will make '70s disaster movies look optimistic by comparison.

Blogger MichaelJMaier March 28, 2021 10:19 AM  

So now musical literacy is racist. Makes sense. Math and reading already are.

Blogger MichaelJMaier March 28, 2021 10:21 AM  

Stilicho wrote:Can you please also add an Indoor Plumbing channel?

No. Plumbing requires use of skills developed during the colonial period and is generally offensive to the POX


I thought it was evil Roman imperialists that made up indoor plumbing. I'm so confused on who to hate!

And WTF is POX?

Blogger Ariadne Umbrella March 28, 2021 10:36 AM  

Josquin de Pres, and his contemporaries. Pre-classical. Sounds like stained glass windows in cathedrals.

Blogger Ariadne Umbrella March 28, 2021 10:40 AM  

You can start with already recorded and grow: there are buckets of new musicians, undiscovered artists, only locally distributed artists, with talent. The stadium show is not the only measure of greatness.

The concert hall venue, of one genius onstage while everyone tries to not cough is just a late- stage venue. Street corners, pubs, windows, dinner and dance restaurants- they all have music, they all have had music. Churches, four services a day, including the late service. Vivaldi taught orphans.

Blogger Crunchy Cachalot March 28, 2021 10:45 AM  

how exactly do you teach music without sheet music or training the prospective musician to read the scores they're about to play?

Did you miss this part: "it added that musical skills should no longer be compulsory"? The only instruction is to be in the current Party line, and the main activity will be criticism/self-criticism, also known as struggle sessions.

Blogger Christopher Chantrill March 28, 2021 10:46 AM  

This is such rubbish. Mozart and Beethoven and Haydn were all considered -- and treated -- as servants by the hoity-toity Austrian nobles that they worked for.

Beethoven kept falling in love with his noble girl students. Sorry, old chap. Not out of the top drawer.

Blogger pyrrhus March 28, 2021 10:53 AM  

Great idea, Bach, Beethoven and Chopin...

Blogger boron March 28, 2021 10:54 AM  

as long as everyone is asking for favorites, please consider EGO SUM RESURRECTIO in the album by Aurora Surgit

Blogger Bunnyknows March 28, 2021 11:01 AM  

Excellent!

Blogger Desdichado March 28, 2021 11:03 AM  

The more racist, i.e. nationalist, the Romance period composers, the more meaningful their music tended to be. That's why the enduring favorites often come from the Austrians from the Salzburg scene and the White Russians like Tchaikovsky and the Mighty Five, etc. Some of the Italians and French got in on that action too. Wagner's attacks on Meyerbeer and Mendelson as being "Jewish music"; venal and superficial, and striving for shallow popularity rather than real depth, is an interesting and salient read even today.

Blogger Desdichado March 28, 2021 11:09 AM  

Christopher Chantrill wrote:This is such rubbish. Mozart and Beethoven and Haydn were all considered -- and treated -- as servants by the hoity-toity Austrian nobles that they worked for.

Beethoven kept falling in love with his noble girl students. Sorry, old chap. Not out of the top drawer.

What the devil does that have to do with the enduring artistic value of their work, smart boy?

Blogger Bill Chunko March 28, 2021 11:12 AM  

Screw em! Tell them to go to hell if they don't like it. Maybe it's time to send them back to their homelands. See how they like that!

Blogger Rick March 28, 2021 11:18 AM  

This is great news.
I accidentally fell in love with classical music in art school some 30 years ago. We had to take x number of humanities classes and so I picked ones that looked like the easiest. One was appreciation of classical music or some such title. I thought I was gaming the system, but it games me! The teacher needed to test the class at the end so he concocted that he would play 5 seconds of a composers piece which you had to identify the composer and the title.
I went to the library and recorded them all to cassette tapes that I would listen to over and over while sculpting and before bed. I aced the test, but the best part was the lifetime love for music I’d never have known otherwise.
The second movement to Beethoven’s 5th, is so beautiful, but eclipsed by the most well known 1st movement, which I’m certain most people have only ever heard, but not the second. That is a shame.
But it doesn’t have to be.
Btw, it seems like 95 % of the classical music they play on such radio stations around here (southwest CT) is mediocre or worse. I think the stations are run by old bow tie gammas who want you to know their super special rare tastes in this or that obscure composer, or they’re actually trying to make the curious not like classical.
But honestly, it’s really hard to compose classical. Few can do it well. And only geniuses can do it beautifully and make it sound like it was effortless. So you get a lot of attempts but mostly failures.

Here’s the 2nd movement for the curious, but it’s best if listened to immediately after the 1st movement. Many such cases.

https://youtu.be/EQIVWhKhwPA

Blogger Brick Hardslab March 28, 2021 11:28 AM  

My brother used to collect and listen to classical music from the time he was a toddler. I'll have to look to see if we still have the lps I'm afraid we don't

Blogger Merely a traveller March 28, 2021 11:32 AM  

Don't need sheet music for a drumming circle.

Blogger Rick March 28, 2021 11:35 AM  

A couple other things about classical.

Most, but not all, can be listened to while reading and if matched well, can enhance the reading. Think of the music score to the LOTR. It’s kind of the same idea.

Also, when I was studying to become an illustrator, one professor said we should not study other illustrators, but the classical painters and composers. Because you have to see how the best did it, in order to be good.
This is true for anyone, say, who wants to be a great guitar player, rock, or whatever comes next, etc. You have to listen to who did it best. It will influence your work in a good way. Even if you don’t like it, at least you’ll know you don’t. Discernment is a good skill to exercise anyway.

Blogger Merely a traveller March 28, 2021 11:36 AM  

For now it sea only an Anglo thing out once the Anglosphere is thoroughly demolished you can bet they will be going after the Germanic and Romance speaking cultures. Slavic might be the last hold out

Blogger Merely a traveller March 28, 2021 11:44 AM  

This is what the elites mean when the tell us plebs, "You will own nothing, but you will be happy". The same way cattle are happy to munch on what the farmer gives them and not even being aware they are caged. I bet the cows are saying"this is nice living under a roof, instars of in the wild". This is the folly of relying on the internet/cloud for everything. Time to revert to LPs, CDs, DVDs, FLACs and your own copies of things you treasure.

Blogger VFM #7634 March 28, 2021 11:47 AM  

“This is why UATV will be adding a classical music channel later this year."

Nice. Will it allow content creators and copying videos from YouTube?

Blogger plishman March 28, 2021 11:47 AM  

Hyperion records has a beautiful recording of Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus. I think it cost less than a pound to download it.

Blogger Jeff aka Orville March 28, 2021 11:52 AM  

It claimed that teaching musical notation had 'not shaken off its connection to its colonial past' and would be 'a slap in the face' to some students.

The musical equivalent to burning down libraries. I am a very mediocre pianist, but I love the complexity, precision and subtlety of classical music. The beating of drums and hooting of obscenities is not culturally viable.

Blogger VD March 28, 2021 11:54 AM  

Will it allow content creators and copying videos from YouTube?

No. It's going to be more akin to a radio station dedicated to classical music. It's not going to be a video channel.

Blogger Argus Bacchus March 28, 2021 12:00 PM  


Heh. I've got stacks of racist classical guitar sheet music in the house. Guilty as charged.


@nswhorse

Meanwhile, however, they take pride in the fact that the fastest, most athletic notes in standard notation are all black.


@Peter C

If you haven't already, give some of the classic Bruckner recordings from Furtwangler, Jochum and Giulini a listen. Giulini's recording of the unfinished 9th symphony with the Vienna Phil from the mid-80's is devastating and unforgettable. Celibadache's Bruckner is an acquired taste for some but offers unparalleled insights into old Anton's heart and mind. Listening to his symphonies, especially the last three, is, for me, like listening to a great musical sermon from a deeply committed Christian composer.

@Cinco

I hope you have a good amplifier and are listening to some high resolution files to maximize your headphone experience. DSD files or at least a 24-bit copy made from the master tapes are ideal for classic music listening. The improvement in definition and clarity can be quite dramatic when compared to the mp3/4 or CD version of the same recording. Attentive listeners who know the recordings well are routinely stunned by the difference in quality.

Blogger Newscaper312 March 28, 2021 12:01 PM  

@58 Desdichado
Point he is making is that even if you accept the left's lunatic narrative, none of these guys were ever the top dog oppressors or the true elites in the first place. Basically highly respected skilled craftsmen, not aristocrats.

Blogger Newscaper312 March 28, 2021 12:06 PM  

Echoing what I think someone else mentioned in another thread, if you cant get reasonably high quality public domain recordings for the music channel, you should be able to license performances by some of the Eastern European and Russian orchestras cheap.

Blogger Vic March 28, 2021 12:11 PM  

Check out Alma Deutscher.

Blogger Make Mine Texas March 28, 2021 12:20 PM  

I knew to stock up on books like Gone With the Wind and Tom Sawyer/Huckleberry Finn when they began canceling authors in earnest, but this is something that never occurred to me. Now I'll have to grab some classical CDs and sheet music. It's hard to imagine what they'll go after next, but I need to expand my thinking. Anything uplifting, inspiring and good is on their list.

Blogger cyrus83 March 28, 2021 12:26 PM  

It will be interesting to see how long the local classical FM station holds on and what they do with their vast library if they do decide to cave. This morning they were playing passion-related works as they still reserve at least 3 hours on Sunday for sacred music.

Blogger Opus March 28, 2021 12:32 PM  

Tell me please that this is a spoof.

Sheet music and its notation was invented we know not by whom exactly but by the monks in the Cathedrals and Monasteries almost a thousand years ago - long before the Portugese had ventured down the west coast of Africa. At the time the number of lines on a stave was four which subsequently increased to five. It is (a precursor to equal temperament) one of the great musical inventions of all time for with those five lines it is possible to compose any music you can imagine and has enabled music from long before the days of the Gramophone to be performed fresh everyday.

I did not attend Oxford University in any capacity but I did attend one of London's distinguished Conservatoires (hence my screen name). My composition teacher always said that manuscript paper was gold-dust and it surely is but now in a way he would never have considered. The purpose of attending conservatoire (other than to perfect ones performance of an instrument) is to learn how to manipulate more than one part and in a way that makes harmonic sense. To put it another way: to be able to write in the manner of Johann Sebastian Bach. If you cannot do that you will not be able to manipulate the notes to achieve the music you want to write. It is not rocket science but it is demanding at least for the student. I presume that too many of the undergraduates at Oxford cannot do it.

Printed and manuscript scores are going to have to be hoarded. How long before it becomes a criminal matter punishable by death to possess such artefacts. Gramophone records (preferably vinyl - as turntables are fairly easy to build - unlike cassette-decks) must also be protected as digital sources can be made to disappear either through disc-rot or on-line in an instant.

I have long thought the music of negros to be a form of cargo cult (it never makes any sense to me) even as it apes what it desires to be. Pandering to such incompetence is an insult to those negros who were musically competent (William Grant Still, Samuel Coleridge Taylor) and any who seek competence.

Blogger Darren March 28, 2021 12:34 PM  

@Cinco Fantastic, and fascinating to hear your description as a newcomer to classical music. There is a streaming radio service ClassicalRadio.com that has dozens of genres (Baroque ans Sonatas are my personal favorites), check it out -- free, only costs $ for higher quality.
(For years I have subscribed to their sister service DI.fm (Electronic/Dance/Trance music), and last year I learned they have other services including CR, paying for one gives you access to all)

Can't wait for UA.tv classical offering

Blogger Geir Balderson March 28, 2021 12:40 PM  

A sane person has to wonder what will be left? Snowflakes feel distress. Wow, how awful that is. And the new establishment is willing to go along and eliminate rich histories to calm their sensibilities.

What a sad and awful new World is being wrought.

Blogger bramley bramley bramley March 28, 2021 12:41 PM  

@53 This is such rubbish. Mozart and Beethoven and Haydn were all considered -- and treated -- as servants by the hoity-toity Austrian nobles that they worked for.

Not to mention that musical notation goes back to ancient times, and what we use today was mostly the invention of medieval monks who had fuck all to do with colonialism or slavery. Ahistoricity is the stock in trade of these people, and the narrative is all they need to force their world into being. They cannot be faulted by being wrong. It's a deadly situation.

Blogger Ahuehuete March 28, 2021 12:43 PM  

So, how long until symphonic orchestras start playing hip hop?

Blogger bramley bramley bramley March 28, 2021 12:48 PM  

@63 Because you have to see how the best did it, in order to be good.

I have always believed this. Yet is there a more unfashionable idea in the present day? Long gone are the days of studying the masters. Even gone are the days of acknowledging the existence of masters.

We live in one giant participation-award-giving hug circle.

Blogger Werekoala March 28, 2021 12:49 PM  

"Certain sounds are racist."

What the literal hell is happening to this planet?

Blogger FacelessBro March 28, 2021 12:58 PM  

"This is why UATV will be adding a classical music channel later this year."

That's incredibly exciting.

Blogger dienw March 28, 2021 12:59 PM  

SciVo wrote:What I'm really looking forward to is the decolonization of STEM. It will make '70s disaster movies look optimistic by comparison.

The Veda will make for strange programming; it will be called Maya Code.

Blogger Gregory the Tall March 28, 2021 1:08 PM  

Yes, Haydn is boring. Händel, however, is unpredictable.

Blogger Ariadne Umbrella March 28, 2021 1:18 PM  

There's already a team of cellists doing rock music, on rotation at the Barnes and Noble. There are bagpiper girls in skimpy costumes doing all sorts of videos. There's Singaporean club bands lip syncing modern rock. Left to their own devices, they sing schmaltz.

The Kpop stars all know Presbyterian hymns as their nationalist resistance music: the Japanese banned Western music. They had had western missionaries being awesome, so that was their version of nationalism.

Look at the remarkably goofy guys making money in music: Tommy Mottola, David Geffen, Iovine. The potential to make enormous waves around the world is YUGE, as some president used to say. The gatekeepers have to work to hide popular work. Leonard Cohen had Hallelujia as a B-side, and his producer didn't even want it on the album. It became popular because Jeff Buckley would sing it in coffee shops in New York City before he hit it big.

TPTB decided Hey, Yeah was going to be a hit, and they forced it by sandwiching it between actual popular songs on the radio every hour until people became familiar and comfortable with it. It's catchy and different, but it's missing something that makes it a natural hit. That techique, sandwiching familiar and new, and repetition, is a strong, strong method of introducing anything to an audience. I don't know why it's just in pop and country, but not classical.

There's a huge, huge continuity in music, among musicians, that isn't being allowed to romp out on broadcast because of gatekeepers. It doesn't have to be dusting off only the greats, and having the classical music version of the music store clerks like that John Cusack movie. (gamma gatekeepers- the worst!) (or NPR, shudder)

I happen to like the K-pop bridge where you've got talented young performers going between classical, modern classical and pop, and bringing their audience along with them. Aaron Neville and his whole family are devout Catholics. So he sings radio music- Everybody's Got the Blues, and Ave Maria, and it's of a piece in the man and his family.

I've seen young violinists hanging out, practicing their piece, and taking turns playing video games, and, frankly, they are busting the doors off Paganini style, just jamming Bach together, by the end of the day. For them, Bach isn't a creaky exam question. The music is as much a part of them as Halo,or whatever else game they are playing. Legos, airplane models, classical music, sports, carrying a knife in their pocket. It's how they are masculine around each other.

It's not like Western Civ is rare, obscure, pointless, ahistorical, to westerners. It might be to interlopers, but it's ours, all of it is ours.

Blogger Bert Head March 28, 2021 1:42 PM  

The ostensibly independent Classic FM in the UK runs government adverts constantly "hands.face.space and get your jab like a good boomer blah blah blah". I have stopped listening.

Also, please nobody explain POX, let folk work out the devious puzzle.

Blogger Kevin Smith March 28, 2021 1:46 PM  

Double down, don't complain. First, focus on and preserve the works of the Baroque era -- roughly from Vivaldi to Mozart, especially the keyboard concertos of JS Bach and his son Carl Phillip Emmanuel. Preserve, study, understand two great texts from that era: CPE Bach's "Essay on the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments" and Johann Joseph Fux's "The Study of Counterpoint" -- don't complain about how difficult those texts are, treat them as Mathematics. For the Baroque era music was mathematics of emotion and, as JS Bach put it "for the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul."
Preserve this culture, and future generations, should they so choose will have a refuge from the dead, empty culture that the villains in this article want to bring about, should they succeed. Don't complain, double down.

Understand the great cultural turd Arnold Schoenberg who unleashed his soul-destroying music around the time of the Bolshevik revolution, and his atonal tunes were the perfect soundtrack. As the great author Joseph Farrell puts it: "he didn't so much create music as a policy about music." Read Farrell's book Microcosm and Medium. Don't complain. Double Down.

Understand that after the Baroque came the Romantic era, Beethoven and beyond, and while many great works were written by many great talents, Romanticism was heading towards the Gamma -- moving away from the objective emotional mathematics of the Baroque to the composers own feelings being the primary object, and ye shall listen because MY emotions are so important that a whole concerto shall be devoted to them. Leonard Berstein's lectures "The Unanswered Question" expresses this idea brilliantly. Watch, listen. Don't Complain. Double Down.

These pieces converted me from an atonal pervert to a Christian:

JS Bach -- Keyboard Concerto in C minor BWV 1060

JS Bach -- Keboard Concerto in C major BWV 1061

CPE Bach Keyboard Concerto in D minor Wq 23

CPE Bach Keyboard Concerto in B minor Wq 30

Mozart Piano Concerto 17

Blogger johndoe03526 March 28, 2021 1:48 PM  

how exactly do you teach music without sheet music or training the prospective musician to read the scores they're about to play?

I can see it now. Brown paper bags and crayons are handed out to the students to record their raps.

Blogger Timmy3 March 28, 2021 1:57 PM  

At least classical music is in the public domain. Time to digitize everything and distribute when they no longer have private ownership.

Blogger Barbarossa March 28, 2021 2:01 PM  

@76 I have long thought the music of negros to be a form of cargo cult

Concur. As I was a brass instrumentalist whose understanding of music theory could fill out the back of the scrap of paper in a fortune cookie, I never had the language to articulate what I thought. What it always seemed like to me was the equivalent of a dog's owner patting Fido on the head after the dog had just finished some impressive barking at a squirrel in the backyard. "I say. What a ruckus, but one must admit that those colored fellows are quite enthusiastic in how they go about banging on those drums. Shows a real verve. Naturally, we can't let the womenfolk or children hear it."

Blogger Elder Son March 28, 2021 2:09 PM  

And millions of White European Peoples suddenly feel guilty and embarrassed because of slavery. Taking upon themselves the guilt of the world, because they can not reason within themselves that slavery has always been a universal thing. That in the history of histories, there have not been one ethnos that has not been enslaved at any point in time of history to the present. But somehow, it's White Peoples fault, so White People must, to atone for its sin, destroy everything that has ever been good in its White history. It must erase itself, and become a New Man, a New Creature. It must assimilate itself, enslave itself, deny itself, into the globohomo, or it deserves to die. Take up your cross White Peoples, and forever hang from it until you are purged from your Whiteness!

Of course, you must dress them up. You must tell people they’ll achieve a superior kind of happiness by giving up everything that makes them happy. You don’t have to be too clear about it. Use big vague words. ‘Universal Harmony’ – ‘Eternal Spirit’ – ‘Divine Purpose’ – ‘Nirvana’ – ‘Paradise’ – ‘Racial Supremacy’ – ‘the Dictatorship of the Proletariat.’

I found it disgusting during the Chinese/American meeting in Alaska, that American diplomats threw mud on the Chinese, the Chinese gathered up all that mud without a flinch, without taking so much as an iota of responsibility, without so much guilt, packaged it up, threw back at the Americans, only to have the Americans respond with... "Yep, that's us, but... we acknowledge our guilt! Yes! Yes! We are guilty! But at least we are trying! Won't you try with us?"

The Chinese have already won, it's just a matter of time.

Blogger John Williams March 28, 2021 2:16 PM  

Books are very colonial. 2 story houses are very colonial. Modern medicine is very colonial. They just want to rebuild Africa here with Witch Doctors, drum circles, and grass huts.

Blogger Hammerli 280 March 28, 2021 2:21 PM  

I keep remembering that Washington used to have a COMMERCIAL classical music station. WGMS. Until the owners decided to change the format (and lost their shirts).

There might well be more of a market than you think, Vox. The big head-hurter will be getting competent people to make the selections.

Blogger Hammerli 280 March 28, 2021 2:26 PM  

Reading about Oxford's antics, I'm reminded of a complaint made by the painter, Bryan Larsen. He was trying to study painting...and could not find anyone who could actually TEACH the art. The Art professorate was busy having students do the sort of crafts-type stuff you expect in grade school - not the building-block approach to fundamentals needed to master an art.

Blogger Mamabear37 March 28, 2021 2:33 PM  

"This is why UATV will be adding a classical music channel later this year. We're already beginning to build the FLAC library required to support it now"
Thank you, sir! People are going to start having to spend money on good music again. Anything of quality worth having is worth paying for. Taking this opportunity to build my libraries.

Blogger Ariadne Umbrella March 28, 2021 2:56 PM  

Westerners were the slaves. The Western Roman Empire fell, and the Eastern Roman Empire paid to have Western women and children shipped to them. This gets erased so much, in so many ways, that even I am impressed. Lyons, Marseilles, Verdun were processing plants for turning people into slaves. Western Europe was the one place in the entire world that figured out how to not do slavery. Everything that we think of as signature Western Civ is an anti-slavery device- castles, monasteries, machines, sheriffs, locks, two story houses.

Blogger VFM #7634 March 28, 2021 2:58 PM  

No. It's going to be more akin to a radio station dedicated to classical music. It's not going to be a video channel.

Okay. I’m wondering because I myself compose classical music, and the hyper-woke who dominate the field aren’t the least bit interested.

Blogger Gregory the Tall March 28, 2021 3:11 PM  

Ballroom dancing will be next

Blogger Bammin March 28, 2021 3:35 PM  

Have a sizable rep on my plex server.... have been focusing on classical for years.

Blogger bramley bramley bramley March 28, 2021 3:37 PM  

@97 Westerners were the slaves. The Western Roman Empire fell, and the Eastern Roman Empire paid to have Western women and children shipped to them.

This information, as true as it is, has no practical use against these people as they are anti-truth and only acquire information if it fits their narrative. Explaining to them that by numbers alone, Europeans were trafficked as slaves in far greater amount than Africans ever were just has no effect. You can tell them all day about the Barbary pirates and how Cervantes was held as a slave for years before being freed and later writing one of the greatest novels of all time and it would just be wasted breath.

But if Cervantes was black and went on to make a 20 minute mixtape after his release from prison for attempted murder, rape, and assault with a deadly weapon, he'd be lauded and showered with money and free shit...

Blogger Newscaper312 March 28, 2021 4:14 PM  

Vox, it would be great if this classical 'station' could perhaps gradually build out a library of prerecorded audio short intro commentary to give some context to the music, to somewhat replicate what good classical stations used to do. And which would also differentiate from just listening to a stream on Spotify, Pandora, etc.

Side note -- I bought a higher quality portable radio w DSP and SW as a prep, that sounds surprisingly good thru headphones, and for first time in years will actually listen to the radio some when reading in bed before sleep. Have a couple of good locally owned radio stations w real DJs for something other than Clear Channel, etc mass market preprogrammed crap, but aggravates me to no end that the only classical source, the public radio station, insists on replaying NPR propaganda at bedtime instead of frigging music.

Blogger VD March 28, 2021 4:24 PM  

it would be great if this classical 'station' could perhaps gradually build out a library of prerecorded audio short intro commentary to give some context to the music

Already planned. If the gentleman with whom we've been discussing this agrees to lead the project, we'll be very well equipped for knowledgeable introductions and commentary.

Blogger Canada78Bear March 28, 2021 4:26 PM  

I actually love this idea of Universities imploding themselves.
Not only are online universities slowly eating their lunch but this will accelerate the decline.

This is a good thing as capitalism will be able to cost optimize these institutions so hard that the rot goes down with the ship.

Blogger Gen. Kong March 28, 2021 4:49 PM  

@29 and 76. You two need to get out more: It's nearly all here. Even better, the folks who own it are highly unlikely to pay attention to what some baizuo on Cuck Island are saying. You'll have to wait 15-seconds to download the Classical Top 100 and works PD worldwide, but that's only about a third to half of what's there.

Blogger Akulkis March 28, 2021 6:05 PM  

>> Start out with Wagner. It'll drive the woke frantic.

You think they're subscribing to UATV?

Blogger Akulkis March 28, 2021 6:14 PM  

>> Maybe I'm confused, but how exactly do you teach music without sheet music or training the prospective musician to read the scores they're about to play?


That's precisely the point. Duh.

Nothing more complex than Retards Attempting Poetry, using recording of prior works by actual musicians.

Blogger Akulkis March 28, 2021 6:26 PM  

>> Jazz and blues rely on ear and rhythm. It rarely translates into music notation time and beat.

This is false. The interpretation is different. A straight run of quarter notes in a blues or jazz piece is NOT played as a series of equal-duration tones. It's closer to 2 quarter notes are played as 8th note triplets, with the first two tied together.

This is the origin of the insult "square", as musicians from outside of jazz/blues circles didn't understand this interpretation, and see would play it wrong, as if piece written in 4 4 time is supposed to be played with an even beat.

Blogger A trite re-white March 28, 2021 6:26 PM  

Cause you know 50 cents is more talented than Glenn Gould.

Blogger Opus March 28, 2021 6:31 PM  

@Gregory the Tall

You say: Handel is surprising and Haydn boring. Much as I love Handel (very much given where I live the local composer) but surely you meant that Haydn was surprising - he even has a Symphony (no 94) so nicknamed.

@Barbarossa

Black music is indeed as you say very enthusiastic being consistently loud.

Blogger Avalanche March 28, 2021 6:38 PM  

@15 "without sheet music or training ... to read the scores they're about to play"

Come on, man! You don't need that oppressor-stuff to bang a branch on a hollow log and ululate!

Blogger Akulkis March 28, 2021 6:40 PM  

>> I agree with this. There is a uniquely frustrating experience when you play a symphonic album spilt into movements on shuffle.

Seriously?

Why would you even play it on shuffle?

Blogger Akulkis March 28, 2021 6:45 PM  

>> What I'm really looking forward to is the decolonization of STEM. It will make '70s disaster movies look optimistic by comparison.

Did you miss the Wise Latina bridge on the campus of that university in Florida, which collapsed and killed over a dozen people before it was even completed, because the Wise Latina project engineer ordered a stress test of the spans without shutting down either vehicle or sidewalk traffic.

Blogger Philipski March 28, 2021 6:47 PM  

Where it comes to these aging muso teachers not wanting to teach the basics to protective strummers ‘n bashers younger than them, the effects of marijuana use really can’t be underestimated. People will mention Bob Dylan, the Beatles, etc. doing brilliant stuff on pot, never noting that they were 25-year-old lads with youthful energy when it happened! Ever heard Dylan recently??? I had to stop working with a now-60-year-old boomer on a project involving music and autistics when it became obvious how accumulatively ‘far gone’ he was.
Frank Zappa once said that Punk Rock had destroyed a generation (more?) of musicians, but i really think it was the demon weed.

Don’t totally write off Stravinsky, by the way! Any “classical“ after 1912 I’d figure to mostly be blah, I do know (((Sister Shapiro))) specializes in singing Schoenberg-type stuff.

Blogger Akulkis March 28, 2021 6:55 PM  

>> Hyperion records has a beautiful recording of Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus. I think it cost less than a pound to download it.

,Is that for a CD-quality file, or mp3 trash?

Blogger Avalanche March 28, 2021 7:00 PM  

@75 "It will be interesting to see how long the local classical FM station holds on"

I have a family member string player in a 'nationally ranked' orchestra. The various national/city orchestras are trying all sorts of things to, you know, interest the young, try to make audiences of out sows' ears. I don't think it's going well. Y'all think the NFL and NBA are suffering losses of 'season passholders. Sad...

Blogger Darwin is a Harsh Mistress March 28, 2021 7:08 PM  

this is near the last straw. If it happens, it will be.

Blogger Gregory the Tall March 28, 2021 7:20 PM  

@opus
No, I meant Haydn is always foreseeable, at least for me.

Blogger Avalanche March 28, 2021 7:24 PM  

@85 Ariadne Umbrella

You left out heavy metal bagpipe. No really. It's a thing. It's a cool thing!
Lots of young people doing it their own way: STILL our music!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwWmcMz0ZVk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXm8JdC4k4c
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqHYAnW6lKY

And then, we forget, because we don't see small-town musicians (literally) parading their heritage through the streets. All is NOT YET lost!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnG1oUkWBa8
(I know, I know, lotsa folks hate those squawling cats... This last is my heritage music and I love it!)

Blogger John March 28, 2021 7:36 PM  

Does classical music just remind the POX that they're parasites who fled their people to live among better men? Do they hate it because their only contributions to the field are jungle drums and twerking?

Blogger Philipski March 28, 2021 7:40 PM  

I meant PROSPECTive musicians and strummers, down with weed and L.S.D.! We’re Already Now in Hieronymus Bosch’s world, don’t need no fantasies!

Blogger MichaelJMaier March 28, 2021 7:49 PM  

I would say "Now would be a good time to take in a night at the Indianapolis Symphony.... but I'd bet someone else's left nut that they demand masks.

Blogger Hammerli 280 March 28, 2021 7:50 PM  

@119: Amen to the pipes!

Blogger Crunchy Cachalot March 28, 2021 9:12 PM  

"Certain sounds are racist."

Since the his in history has already been denounced as "sexist", even if it has nothing to do with the pronoun his, because of a "homologous sound", this is simply a side-grade in unreality promotion.

Blogger Jon March 28, 2021 9:39 PM  

I have no more tears left to cry.. the british universities (both of them) used to be the finest in the world. Now it would probably advance civilisation more to burn them to the ground. We must accept we are living in the beginning of a dark age and proceed from there, with full trust in the providence of The Lord.

Blogger cyrus83 March 29, 2021 1:00 AM  

@116 The local orchestra actually wasn't doing too bad up until lockdown idiocy, their 2019 year actually finished more than $2M in the black, a profit margin in double-digits. I've been to them for Beethoven and Bach, but also for things like VGL.

The FM station is in a weird place, it's non-commercial as part of the public radio affiliate here, but it's not their only radio operation, so none of the NPR garbage is heard on the classical station.

Blogger wgmeisheid March 29, 2021 8:58 AM  

Re: "And it added that musical skills should no longer be compulsory because the current repertoire's focus on 'white European music' causes 'students of colour great distress'."

...causes 'students too lazy, not talented enough, or just want something for nothing to do the required work great distress'.
There, I fixed it for you.

Blogger Unknown March 29, 2021 2:28 PM  

When these people go on about the great works of classical music being artifacts of white supremacy I'm always confused how that isn't a complement.

Blogger Bibliotheca Servare March 29, 2021 10:24 PM  

@VD

So the Good Gardening channel will be gone tomorrow? Or the end of April?

Either way, bummer. I suppose I've been spoiled, paying for only one platform for so much fantastic content, but it still feels weird, David not being published by Castalia House.

Awesome news about the classical music channel, though!

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