Sep 9, 2022 • 26M

What Happened to Classical Music - Part 2

Atonalism and the commercialization of music

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Roger Rudenstein
Original observations on the cultural scene by a skeptical classical music composer and activist
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The saga continues. In this podcast I go into what atonalism and serialism are and how the ideology grew up around them designating these techniques as the future of classical music in the Twentieth Century. I talk about the philosopher/social critic Theodore Adorno and his still relevant critique of the commercialization of music which lead to the lionizing and exploitation of trivial music which he designated “bourgeois”. Unfortunately his antidote was to push intentionally ugly music that drove the audience out of the concert hall and stopped the forward momentum of a great art form.