Monday, 3 February 2020

The Decline of Classical Music - Melbourne Traditionalists Podcast Episode Twenty Seven

What lead to the decline of Classical music?

David Hiscox, Mark Richardson and myself spend this episode discussing just that.

David Hiscox :

Mark Richardson :

Length : 30 minutes

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Episode Twenty Seven

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1 comment:

  1. Excellent podcast! You fellers hit the nail on the head, regarding the corruption of classical music via university music departments and government subsidies.

    There's also another aspect which should be considered - sacred music. Specifically, there was a time when Sunday church was the only place most folks heard LIVE classical music. However, with the collapse of much of Christianity into Modernity, new sacred music is mostly (at best) insipid.

    Sacred music mirrors the form of worship. Have you heard of the Agatha Christie indult appeal letter? In 1971, horrified by the destruction of the RC Latin Mass, various notable names in the arts sent an appeal letter to Pope Paul VI requesting permission for the Latin Mass in England and Wales.

    The letter starts out: "If some senseless decree were to order the total or partial destruction of basilicas or cathedrals, then obviously it would be the educated - whatever their personal beliefs - who would rise up in horror to oppose such a possibility." and contains: "The rite in question, in its magnificent Latin text, has also inspired a host of priceless achievements in the arts - not only mystical works, but works by poets, philosophers, musicians, architects, painters and sculptors in all countries and epochs." It was signed by (among others) Agatha Christie, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Kenneth Clark, Colin Davis, Graham Greene and Joan Sutherland. The full text is available here:

    A great example of beautiful, new sacred music inspired by the Latin Mass is Franz Biebl's setting of the Ave Maria for male chorus, composed around 1959. Here's a glorious performance with the US Naval Academy.