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

Paul Davis paul at linuxaudiosystems.com
Tue Dec 18 11:48:44 UTC 2012

cultural heritage isn't about preserving the past at the expense of the
present day culture. its about retaining cultural memory that gives
whatever the present day culture is doing some context. the efforts to
create culture devoid of historical context (i'm looking at you, adorno)
have failed to offer much to most of those who might receive it. you need
that cultural memory in order move - not necessarily forward, but just
move, move in any direction. if you don't understand where you are, your
chances of going anywhere interesting other than by pure chance are not
very good.

when people, when cultures build *objects* to signify things of importance
to them (for whatever reason), it tends to follow that if you want to
understand them, and thus to some extent, to understand yourself, some kind
of appreciation for those objects is necessary. you need cultural heritage
to help appreciate those objects, and paradoxically, those objects are part
of the same cultural heritage that offers some chance of appreciation.

On Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 5:59 AM, Neil C Smith <neil at neilcsmith.net> wrote:

> 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
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