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Subject: 'The Mania For Inclusion'
From: David Shengold <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:David Shengold <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 8 Feb 2018 21:06:44 +0000

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You run the risk of drowning in your own imperturbable smugness.
Invoking Beethoven is not to the point here. If contemporary orchestras are programming music by Sibelius or Respighi or Bernstein or Grieg--which they are-- they are programming composers lesser than Beethoven. News flash: Robert Schumann and Brahms and Tchaikovsky are lesser composers than Beethoven.

At issue here rather is whether major orchestras program ZERO contemporary works by worthwhile female composers such as Kaija Saariaho, Shulamit Ran, Missy Mazzoli, Jennifer Higdon or Sofia Gubaidilina ( to name but five)  when they are programming contemporary work by men ( which they are, **all the time**).
Does that introduce some shafts of light?

-David Shengold


Donald Kane:

Is it really so difficult to detect the presence of greatness in music?

As Claude Rains, portraying a fictional composer in the brilliant
Bette Davis film, DECEPTION, says: "try listening to it after Beethoven".

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