Cutting to the chase, the bottom line with the 4000 + words of “thesaurial” prowess from Philip Kennicott, is that we should stop doing what isn’t working now, and go back to what wasn’t working before…Huh?
Greg Sandow asks a question about the so-called crisis in Classical Music. Well, really he asked several questions throughout the blog post but this paragraph sums up the sentiment:
So here’s one way to start. We all know there’s a classical music crisis, or at least — thinking now of some of us who don’t think classical music faces any serious problem — we know that people talk about a crisis. But how long has this been going on? How long has the crisis lasted (or at least how long has it been talked about)?
A bit later he states “But as far as I know, we have no data. No one, to my knowledge, has gone searching through old newspaper articles, trying to find the first reference to a crisis.” Of course readers of this blog know I actually started a bibliographic timeline of the Orchestra Crisis primarily listing old newspaper and magazine articles–the earliest of which date to 1903 piece in the New York Times by Richard Aldritch, “‘Permanent Orchestra’ Season A Bad One.”
Several folks have commented at Sandow’s post as well as on his facebook wall here. The usual claims that there isn’t a crisis in addition to several folks using their personal experiences as anecdotes to trace how early they think the crisis goes back. The irony here is that the further we trace the crisis back in time, the less of a crisis it really is since any real crisis that’s lasted over a century isn’t really much of a crisis at all, right? It’s becoming a “Boy Who Cried Wolf” syndrome and I do recognize the slight bit of irony that the Wolf Report is precisely one of the early 90s cries.