Latest Issue

Musical notes

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…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect