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'Political Music' - a viable category?


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John Cummins
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« Reply #15 on: February 04, 2010, 05:27:25 pm »

New York Times: "The Sour Notes of Iranís Art Diplomacy"
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/04/arts/music/04abroad.html?pagewanted=1&ref=middleeast

an apposite excerpt:

"The difference now isnít just that the Tehran orchestra playing a pathetic Peace and Friendship Symphony is such a far cry from Emil Gilels playing Beethovenís Emperor concerto. More fundamentally, itís that a tour by an anointed symphony orchestra from the other side barely registers in the Western political consciousness. In an Internet age when everyoneís supposedly savvy to crude propaganda, the presumption seems to be that the Iranian tour doesnít even rise to the threshold of newsworthiness.

"But this presumption is a result of what the American musicologist Richard Taruskin calls a common fallacy. The fallacy, he has written, consists in turning ďa blind eye on the morally or politically dubious aspects of serious music,Ē as if ďthe only legitimate object of praise or censure in artĒ is whether itís good or not."
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