[LAU] [OT]: Heritage [WAS] Re: musicmadewithlinux: Mozart Symphony #40

Neil C Smith neil at neilcsmith.net
Tue Dec 18 10:59:19 UTC 2012

On 18 December 2012 08:48, Lorenzo Sutton <lorenzofsutton at gmail.com> wrote:
> Cultural heritage is going to pieces in many places due to the fact that in
> the current (bank-driven) ultra-utilitarian society where culture and
> humanities are considered 'ephemeral',

If only that was true.  Ephemeral things are not that easy to
monetize.  And cultural heritage is such a spurious notion anyway - it
is about objects (by which I include musical scores) devoid of
context, and rather too much like taxidermy.  It's also rather a new
concept.  A favourite quote of mine from an article by Simon Emmerson

"We should not forget that the phrase avant-garde was first used by
Henri de Saint-Simon in
France (1825) at almost exactly the same time as Mendelssohn's
inauguration of the museum
culture in western concert music with the revival of Bach's Matthew
Passion (1829) - the past
and the future at once, western civilisation's triumphal claim to
conquest over all time, let
alone all space."

Best wishes,


Neil C Smith
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