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« on: January 09, 2013, 02:15:21 pm »

Classical music is NOT for classical musicians - it's for everyone
Hear, hear! And thank God!

There are no 'owners', and the proprietorial twaddle one hears - mainly on other sites - is a form of defensive behaviour that illustrates a low intellectual level.
Well, there is copyright ownership of most music whose creators are alive or have been dead for less than 70 years (sorry - composer speaking here!), but no "ownership" in the sense in which you mean it, of course.

For example, there is one crazy wandering the ether who feels that all other composers must be belittled... so that the mighty Handel may shine more brightly?  ???
I've never encountered this so have no idea who that may be, but such a notion is so bizarre as to give rise to the suspicion that even Handel himself might have been utterly perplexed by it!

Let me say this, quite clearly. If those of us who 'do' classical music are just doing it for ourselves, then it's simply a hobby. A performance with no audience is just a rehearsal. An animated, involved, and interested public is vital to the continuance of classical music, and serious orchestras, opera houses, ballet theatres and others realise this most intently. The audience is our SOLE concern. Without them - we cease to exist.
That is absolutely correct, of course and, speaking as a composer, I tend to side with Copland's view that a piece isn't complete until it's gone through quite a few stages of the creative process including performance and possible subsequent revision if appropriate; that said, it is not always easy, especially in today's cash-strapped climate, to secure those audiences, as the demise and threatened demise of various orchestras alone illustrates.

A keen and inquiring mind who has stumbled through a Bach prelude at the piano - with any number of false starts and wrong notes - will have come closer to an understanding of Bach than any cd-collector whose shelves are graced by Tureck, Richter, Egarr, and Pinnick :)
It's hard to argue with that!
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