Calling All Pundits

Richard Taruskin

in The Danger of Music and Other Anti-Utopian Essays

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780520249776
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942790 | DOI:
Calling All Pundits

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This chapter presents the predictions of various musical experts and commentators such as Charles Wuorinen, Ralph Shapey, and Milton Babbitt regarding the future of the music. Wuorinen, in his article in the journal Perspectives of New Music, in 1963 declared that only twelve-tone composers should be regarded as composers or at least serious composers of the mainstream. Milton Babbitt predicted that music would cease to evolve and live unless the universities stepped in and protected orchestra music. Ralph Shapey, a Chicago veteran, on the other hand contends that European conductors of American orchestras deliberately program the worst of the American music to discredit serious American composers.

Keywords: Charles Wuorinen; Ralph Shapey; Milton Babbitt; Perspectives of New Music; American orchestra

Chapter.  2024 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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