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Mon, Dec. 10th, 2007 03:53 pm
From Stockhausen to stock repertoire

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Mon, Dec. 10th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Stockhausen RIP BBC Radio

Hello Robin, (I owe you an email, been meaning to write for ages), just listened to the Front Row piece. You managed to get in more perspective than Eno did in his talk with the rather-less-respectful James Naughtie. I find the tone of these British assessments (even the "respectful" ones) amazingly negative. It's really as if someone like Stockhausen still had it all to prove, or were some kind of aesthetic equivalent of socialism, something you have to run out of town and declare dead because it's a personal affront to your values. But of course nothing guarantees aesthetic radicalism better than aesthetic conservatism, so perhaps these attitudes make new Stockhausens... well, if not inevitable, at least necessary.


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