Archive for November 23, 2004

John Corigliano or stuffy classical… still good

I’ve always objected to that peculiar fascination with how much
classical music sucks. I mean we, i.e. the you inside of you that
happens to coincide with me, were born in the great decline of
the symphony and concerto. The opera? a relic only fit for
outlining the latest in euro-trash techno. But in reality classical
music (regardless of romantic, baroque, or whatever else pre
19th century afore Van Halen human culture had their large concert
halls stocked with) has always been quite good. But, we’ve always
seen it as a moth eaten tradition, filled with boring soloquies in
instruments we couldn’t care about, I mean the least they could
do is plug in a wah-wah pedal. But Seeing Vivaldi performed live,
Mahler, operas, or the other things my rock-entrusted techno dazzed
mind has been dragged to by NPR listening parents. Like most myths of
the bohemia,
it ultimately can be blamed on hippies, but let’s not let it rest there,
I’ve seen hippies raid entire classical sections hungrily devouring the
music of their parents (in 1997 mind you). John Corigliano has received
numerous awards, praise, and even provided the two-step music back drop
for a Samuel L Jackson film. His combination of drone-ee minimal-ness
and embracing of Yo-Yo Ma (yeah, I’m really that un-cool) sounds nothing
like Glass, and well centers itself in something that’s basically
classical
music just done well and with a slight left-leaning edge. For all I know
this guy is some revolutionary, but chances and PR photos seem to depict
him as part of a new school of composers, engaged with the rigours of
the
past, but versed in the tones of the 20th century. It combines for
something
you haven’t heard sampled by rock-stars at one point, but maybe will be.

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November 23, 2004 at 12:21 am 3 comments


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