I don’t want to say anything bad about the royal wedding, which was lovely and inspiring. Or about Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the cellist who played so gorgeously.
But one of the pieces he played was crazily inappropriate. And surely it’s amazing — a little bit wildly so — that no one planning the wedding seemed to know this.
The inappropriate piece was an arrangement of the Fauré song “Après un rève.” Go here for the French words and an English translation. You’ll see that the song is not about happy love, which would have suited the occasion.
Instead it’s the opposite. Someone dreams of love, and wakes up to find out it all was a lie.
So to me this suggests — not that I haven’t thought this before — that classical music has been losing its meaning. It registers just as something beautiful, maybe mindlessly so. Because, at least on this occasion, those planning an event watched by millions apparently never asked what one of their musical selections really was about.