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The music hasn’t died

Geoffrey Wheatcroft is too pessimistic. Thanks to small record companies such as Naxos, there is plenty of new music even if it's not very modern

By Edward Pearce   October 1998

Geoffrey Wheatcroft wrote a fine piece on music in Prospect’s last issue. I agree with much of it, but some of his despair seems misplaced. He is right to say that the BBC and critical opinion have pretended beyond the point of credibility that modernism/atonality/shock music in all its forms has a public only waiting to be enlightened. This is hooey-and arguments about early resistance to Beethoven, Wagner, Debussy and Stravinsky hold no water. Difficult composers of the past have taken with the broad public. Followers of Schoenberg, on the other hand, have had 60 years of prominence and something…

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