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Schubert and the Holocaust

By Ivan Hewett   May 2000

New Age music and the taxpayer

New Age music used to be easy to avoid; you just steered clear of restaurants or shops with healing crystals in the window. Not any more. The glassy-eyed torpor of New Age music is spreading everywhere. It has already become the lingua franca of television theme tunes and film scores, and ambient musicians such as Brian Eno and William Orbit have lent to those throbbing basses and “spacy” chords the trendiness which, these days, passes for intellectual distinction.

Encouraged by the vogue for “cross-over” and the injunction to “break down barriers,” New Age music…

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