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America's Lost Musical Culture

America's Lost Musical Culture

America's musical culture is being lost in an avalanche of cheap television, movies and music. America's proving ground is the marketplace. We have the music we do today because that is what people buy.

But what about our cultural heritage? We should not sell it to the highest bidder. Unfortunately, it already has been.

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Classical Music Is Not Popular

The marketplace in America has determined that classical music is not popular. Thus all the classical radio stations suddenly disappeared a few years ago. Talk and other more lucrative formats replaced classical stations. Americans allowed that musical heritage to pass practically without a fight.

The New York Times abandoned the largest classical music station is the USA. And why did the New York Times sell WQXR? Because the location on the radio dial had become worth millions. The greedy folks at the New York Times sold out your musical heritage for a cheap, quick dollar.

No One Is Preserving Your Musical Heritage

How's that for preserving your heritage? The very corporation who claims to be the conservator and benefactor of American culture jettisoned the bastion of western culture. Remember the above in case you think anyone is looking out for your culture, America.

The huge corporations are the ones selling and buying. They have left you out of the picture. Eventually, there will be only the culture the corporations allow you.

Commercialization Of Culture

The symphony orchestras are all underwritten by huge corporations now. They will pull the plug when it doesn't make money. Thus you can expect the symphony orchestra to go the way of the classical radio station. Ever visited the Metropolitan Opera in New York?

 Have you taken your child to see what was entertainment before television? I'll bet not. And here's why: it costs $200 a ticket. In Europe, where culture is not left up to the highest bidder, a ticket to the opera can cost as little as $5.

Subsidizing Culture

In America, we can subsidize poisonous medicines, rotten food, killing machines and destructive energy policies, but culture is out of luck. There's no money left for culture after buying all those bombs. And don't whine about all the money spent by the National Endowment for the Arts. That money is earmarked for the cronies of the Art Power Elite.

No one ever gets an NEA grant based on merit. It is 100% dirty politics. I predict that the New York Philharmonic will become the Burger King Symphonic Ensemble in the year 2062, if not sooner. Now get me an NEA grant to study that.


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What Killed the Golden Age of the Piano

Carl Tausig Cooks His Cat

I Meet Aaron Copland

George Sand Killed Chopin

Why Brahms Must Have Been Fat

Artur Rubinstein Was A Vampire

Igor Stravinsky Loses His Cool

Vladimir Horowitz Goes To The Racetrack

Beethoven Was No Beauty

The World’s Largest Blue Danube Waltz

Was Mozart Murdered?

Beethoven’s Rage Over A Lost Penny

Franz Schubert, The First Bohemian

Chopin’s Singing Piano Tone

Stravinsky’s Good Luck

Tchaikovsky’s Greatest Fan

Hector Berlioz and the Orchestral Train Wreck

Piano Lessons with Papa Bach

Piano Lessons with Frederic Chopin

The Great Piano Craze of 1910

The American Piano Wars

Why Hugo Wolf Went Insane

Rachmaninoff and the Evolution of Pop Songs

Musical Feuds

Piano In The Past Was Better

The Master’s Hands

Einstein’s Piano

Einstein’s Violin Improvisations In Gypsy Style

A History of Piano and Numbers

Ryan Seacrest’s Piano Concerto #2

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