In my last post, I didn’t t mean to imply that old music — Beethoven, Verdi, you name the composer — won’t be part of the new classical music world I’m dreaming of, when Steve Reich, Bang on a Can, and eighth blackbird are at the heart of the musical mainstream. Anyone who wants to play old music — aka the masterworks of western musical history (and I mean that very seriously) with conviction will surely do it, and no doubt find an audience. But we probably don’t know exactly how that will work, and exactly what place those masterworks — formerly the classical music mainstream — will have. They’ll have to find their place, an evolution that will be fascinating to watch.
Though once they find it, I’d imagine they’ll be loved, even if — or maybe especially if — they’re played less often than before.